Can you lose weight with stomach ulcer?
Having to lose weight with stomach ulcer is one different endeavor. Stomach ulcer or peptic ulcer is an uncomfortable open sore in the stomach that could grow from benign to malignant if left untreated. Peptic ulcers may come in three forms; gastric ulcer, esophageal ulcer, or duodenal ulcer. Gastric ulcer refers to ulcer that develops in the stomach. On the other hand, esophageal ulcer develops in the esophagus while duodenal ulcer develops in the duodenum (the upper section of the small intestines). Gastric and duodenal ulcers may occur individually or both at the same time.
Duodenal ulcers are the ones responsible for weight gain. Weight loss is always expected in cases of ulcer because of the discomfort that comes from eating food. In the case of duodenal ulcer, the discomfort in the stomach is actually relieved by food. This is majorly what causes weight gain for people who suffer from duodenal ulcer.
People who suffer from stomach ulcers often show the following symptoms;
- chest pain
- loss of appetite (except in cases of duodenal ulcer)
- heart burn
- appearance of blood in stool or vomit
- pain in the abdomen
A lot of people refuse to eat spicy food for fear of developing ulcers. Others refuse to go long periods of time without eating for the same reason. There are so many theories on how ulcers are developed or the causes of stomach ulcer. Here are a few causes of peptic ulcer;
- irregular meals (skipping meals frequently)
- excess secretion of hydrochloric acid
- alcohol consumption
- genetic factors
- as a result of another disease (stomach ulcers could appear as a symptom to other diseases)
- injury to the gastric mucosal lining
In the rare cases of putting on weight due to duodenal ulcers, it is quite difficult to lose weight and when you do, you tend to gain the weight right back due to the incessant food craving triggered by duodenal ulcer. The worst part is that there are a lot of ‘eat this, don’t eat that’ for people with stomach ulcers to be topped up with weight loss diet. It has always been a challenge trying to lose weight with existing health conditions or certain food restrictions.
HOW DO I LOSE WEIGHT WITH DUODENAL ULCER?
- LAY OFF ACICIDIC FOOD
The most common cause of stomach ulcers is the excess of hydrochloric acid. This knowledge helps you to restrict your die to foods with low to zero acidic content. there are some weight loss diet plans that make provision for people with any kind of diet restrictions that you should consider (with the approval of your physical health care giver).
Foods that you should lay off of include; citrus fruits, tomatoes, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and spicy foods. Rather take these; cabbage, berries, carrots, kale, spinach, broccoli, honey, garlic, turmeric, cauliflower, and plant based oils.
- SPREAD YOUR MEAL
Instead of a heavy plate of meal three times a day, stick to five small meals including healthy snacks. Have a healthy snack handy for when the craving for food or discomfort from duodenal ulcer strikes.
- SAY NO TO LATE NIGHT MEALS
As much as you can, avoid eating heavy food at night. You should eat your last meal for the day at least 2 hours before bed. This should help keep acid reflux at a minimum.
- STAY HYDRATED
Keep your body hydrated. Drink as much water as possible. Try to meet the recommended ‘8 glasses a day’ quota.
- KEEP FIT
The fastest way to weight loss is a combination of a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle and frequent exercise. It’s time to work that body. The fun thing about exercise is that you can do it anywhere. Take out time to work out for few minutes at least 3 to 4 days a week. Please make sure that your exercise routine does not cause more discomfort to your body. If you have a fitness instructor please let him or her know about your health status for better coordination of routines for you.
Beyond regular work out, engage you body in bouts of physical activities. Go out more, take longer walks, dance, swim, as long as your body is engage, your metabolism is better and you burn calories faster. Do not forget to consult with your physical health care giver every step of the way.