Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    how to lose weight when you cant exercise
    mrsminneapolis posted:
    I'm going to be 40 in a few months and Ive had 2 major back surgeries looking to have another. I have always weighed about125 and now 188. I'm not allowed to do any exercises. How can you lose
    totallywiggedout responded:
    Hi mrsminneapolis,
    When you say you aren't allowed to do any exercises, how do you get around? Do you walk? If you walk, you are doing some exercise. Do you lift a gallon of milk from the fridge? if so, you are exercising. If you do any type of dusting or light laundry duty, you are exercising. Even if you just wipe down the counters, or do the dishes, you are exercising.
    Ok, that said. If you can walk, then go for a few very short walks every day. As far as you can and back in 10 min or so. Or do some of the light cleaning I just spoke of plus a walk or two. If you can climb stairs, even better, do a few trips up and down a day, just for exercise.
    You will also have to get a handle on how much and what you are eating. Especially if you aren't able to do much physical exertion and if you want to get weight off for your backs sake.
    Fill out a food and fitness planner here on WebMd or the one on These are excellant tools to help monitor your intake and log your exercise output.
    Fill them in with the LOWEST choice for your current daily exercise. Then once it's all filled in, it will tell you how many calories and how much exercise to shoot for daily. Log everything you eat. Try to measure or weigh your foods so that you are certain of how much you are actually eating. READ LABLES and use the "per serving size" guidlines on your calories, fats, sodium and such.
    good luck and keep posting, blogging does help to stay focused
    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work --- Thomas Edison

    What doesn't kill us makes us stronger---Friedrich Nietzche
    jp94952 responded:
    Very sorry to hear you have to got through 2 major back surgeries. The answer to your question about how to lose weight -- and this applies exercise or no -- is to eat less. If you consume fewer calories than you expend you will lose weight no matter your exercise level.
    An_249217 responded:
    Hi mrsminneapolis,
    I'm really sorry to hear what you've gone through. I'm 29 and have been through 2 major back surgeries as well (double fusions). I now deal with chronic pain which has led to a much lower activity level and weight gain. I agree with a lot of what TotallyWiggedOut said. The key to getting me back into physical activity was walking. Literally first just from my kitchen to my bedroom. Then outside to the next house, then the corner, around the block, and within a few months I was walking a couple miles a day. I also started with light stretches, which helped get me back into (gentle) yoga and more advanced PT. In terms of eating, I have found that limiting junk food has helped as well as limiting snacking and only snacking on healthy foods (I would snack a lot when I got bored, when I had a bad day, etc.). Just remember that it is going to be a slow process, and it might be a while before you see results, so don't get frustrated with yourself!
    sherylds responded:
    been there, done that.
    as someone else pointed out...controlling your calories is key to maintaining and losing weight. But you need to focus on eating nutritionally dense foods to help speed your recovery and get your body prepared for your comeback. And once you get the green llight from your doctor to may want to join a pool where you can get great exercise with the least impact on your joints.

    Helpful Tips

    desk tip works
    Hi, when I had a desk job I used to just pick up my legs under the desk as if I was walking up and down the stairs ... and it helps with ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    2 of 2 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    Everyday Fitness - Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

    Achieve a better mind-body balance and live a healthier life with tips from wellness expert Dr. Pamela Peeke...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.