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Old 06-26-2001, 09:59 AM   #1
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Post Losing Weight in a Wheelchair

I'm an 18 year old male who is around 5'5 and I believe I weigh close to 200lbs. I've been in a wheelchair all my life from Spina Bifida, My problem is that since I cannot use a normal scale, I can't see if I'm losing weight on a regular diet and then become unmotivated as a result. A special wheelchair scale costs several thousand dollars.

I'm a very number-oriented person. I like being able to figure out how many calories I am burning, how many I am taking in, how many pounds that should lose me a week, etc. But because the vast majority of exercises I do are different from the average, I cannot get these numbers and once again become unmoitvated and frustrated. I've read that a 200lb male will burn 11.6 calories every 10 minutes just from sitting/sleeping. Does that mean everyday at a minimum I'm burning 1670.4 calories a day? So if I eat less than that I can subtract the difference and know absolutely for sure I'll lose weight when those numbers add up to 3600 calories?

And if anyone has any experiences like mine or know of websites specfically dedicated to disabled people losing weight, I'd appreciate knowing them...

Thanks alot

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Old 06-26-2001, 03:52 PM   #2
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Thanks alot...but can anyone provide help on my numbers question?

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Old 06-26-2001, 04:49 PM   #3
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in short yes you actually burn calories while at rest! true your not moving around and doing physical stuff but just your system and organs working burns calories! you probably burn more calories over sleeping during a regular day.

one way I found worked pretty well is find an online calculator to find out what your maintenence calories are. do a search on google or something.

usually you put in your height, sex, and weight and it should give you a general breakdown of how many calories/day you need to not gain weight. Take this number and take away say 500 calories/day through food. then do some exercises and you should lose around 1lb/week if thats ok with you.

Old 06-26-2001, 06:24 PM   #4
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have u considered weight watchers? they can prbly figure a way to weuigh u like they did me.

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