losing body fat & working out with crohns disease

I have crohns disease and my meds have made me gain a few pounds, it sometimes hurts to exercise so I pretty much dread doing it. does anyone have chrons and no any ways to manage weight?

Answer #1

I can’t believe you just asked this question. I went to my doctor last week to have a colonoscopey and all they found was 3 polyps. I go back next friday, He is looking at either IBS or crohns disease, but I only have read a little bit about it.

Answer #2

thank you everyone =)

Answer #3
Answer #4

well I definitely have crohns. I had one scope and now I have to have another on monday =/ but anyways I hope you dont have crohns because there’s no cure for it.

Answer #5

Hi, I don’t have chrons but I do have IBS and it use to get extremely painful to excercise. I also gained weight. However I then spoke to my pharmacists and she told me that I needed to build up some core strenght. so I joined a gym where I started working out and it has been 2 months and my stomach is so much better and I don’t struggle with constipation or diarrhea so much anymore.

So here is mainly what type of excercise I do: I can’t run (I get bleeding down there and really gets painful) I also don’t do sit ups or lunges or anything like that - nothing which put pressure on my stomach I mainly swim and have taking up cycling just recently.

I suggest you get a gym membership and speak to one of the gym instructers and let them help you work out a routine for you based on you limitations etc. that is really the best advice I can give you on how to manage your weight and to build some strenght - cause that is mainly which will enable you to excercise without pain again.

Also here is a very useful site which I went to after I was diagnosed with IBS (they really give some good advice)


Hope it helps.

Answer #6

How to LOSE weight?

First, determine from the information below, what your weight should be. Then set yourself goals of a week, 2 weeks, a month, 3 months, 6 months and a year. As you see yourself meeting your goals it becomes easier. Remember, you didn’t gain your weight overnight so don’t expect to lose if overnight. Plus, weight lost slowly is more likely to stay off than weight lost in a hurry.

BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 years.

BMI Classification

18.5 or less Underweight
18.5 to 24.99 Normal Weight
25 to 29.99 Overweight
30 to 34.99 Obesity (Class 1)
35 to 39.99 Obesity (Class 2)
40 or greater Morbid Obesity

Check out your BMI at the bmi calculator site below to see where you stand.

bmi calculator:


If you need conversion info, 1 kg = 2.2 pounds and 2.54 cm = 1 inch (12 inches = 1 foot)

Info if you are trying to LOSE weight:


“How can I Lose 1 pound of body weight per week?”

One pound of body fat is equal to about 3500 calories. So to lose 1 pound of weight per week, you need to eat 500 calories/day LESS than you burn.

But it’s not a good idea to lose weight simply by cutting calories. As well as decreasing calories you should increase your daily physical exercise. This helps to burn calories and build more lean tissue which in turn burns more calories.

“What should a minimum calorie intake be?”

As a guide to minimum calorie intake, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that calorie levels never drop below 1200 calories per day for women or 1800 calories per day for men. Even these calorie levels are quite low.


Normal Adult Height-Weight Range Table


Average Teenager Weight


Check out this link for exercise information:


Another thing that helps to lose weight is to always eat a good breakfast. That helps to jump start your metabolism which helps start burning calories. Also, try to drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water every day. One before every meal (except breakfast) and before all snacks. That helps curb your appetite which helps reduce caloric intake.

Since you have Chrons disease, you might consult with your doctor to make sure that none of the above would have a negative affect on you.

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