Very nice to meet you all. The reason I'm here is because I'm a physically disabled young man who has gained some weight and wants to lose it. It seems like some of you have been down the road, and maybe you'll have some ideas. Unfortunately, as you've probably guessed, being disabled really makes this difficult.
I am 5'10", 230lbs, age 30, male. All of the fat has gravitated to my gut; the rest of me is skinny as ever.
The core of my syndrome is in the pelvis. Any amount of strain on that area causes severe pain. I walk with a cane, not because of the fat, but because of the syndrome. As well, I have IBS and most vegetables disagree with me in a really painful way. I don't eat seafood. So, you see how this might be a tough situation to get around.
Crunches, lifting, and running are out (strain on the former two, and pretty hard to run when you need a cane to walk!). I am looking at getting a small above ground pool for our backyard, as just moving around in the water has been most frequently recommended to me by my specialist physicians. They are extremely guarded about anything which might put strain on my pelvis, for fear of making the situation worse. I fully support being guarded about that!
Would anyone have any ideas, whether exercise, dietary, or anything else? My goal is to maybe get down to 200 pounds from where I am, without any concern for building muscle along the way. I have to be realistic about what can be achieved within my physical limits.
The losing weight thing is mostly about fears related to my health (word to the wise: when you're having anxiety attacks over weight gain, don't watch reality shows about 600lb people getting forklifted to the gastric bypass doctor).
I do have regular checkups and, interestingly, my cholesterol is deemed to be excellent and everything other than Vitamin D is just where it should be.
Thanks a lot!