Some people with cancer may gain weight throughout treatment. It is not recommended that you try to lose weight during treatment unless instructed to do so by your medical provider. It is important to reach and maintain a healthy body weight after cancer treatments are complete. Body weight may have a role in cancer occurrence and recurrence of cancer.
- Weight loss happens when someone is eating fewer calories than are being used. You can lose weight through portion control and physical activity.
- Aim for meals made up of 2/3 (or more) vegetables, fruits, whole grains or beans and 1/3 (or less) animal protein. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are low in calories and high in fiber, which can help you feel full.
- Only eat when you are hungry. Avoid eating to relieve fatigue, stress, fear or depression.
- Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Keep in mind that you do not have to do all 30 minutes at one time. You can exercise 10 minutes at a time and get just about as much benefit.
- UW Health offers nutrition classes that can help you meet your weight loss goals. To learn more about these classes contact the Registered Dietitian with the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
These suggestions are not meant to replace talking to your doctor and registered dietitian. For more information regarding weight loss, schedule an appointment with the Registered Dietitian at the UW Carbone Cancer Center by calling (608) 265-1700.