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Hello,

I have lost 1st over the last few weeks. During this time, I have been trying to achieve the ideal OMS diet, so was pleased (and not surprised!) the weight came off. However, my weight loss came to a standstill when I started on my 20 caps of fish oil a day. I am not sure if this is coincidental or not but I have another three and a half stone to lose until I'm at a healthy BMI.

Do I lose the weight first by adapting to all aspects of OMS except supplements? Or continue with the supplements and hope the weight loss occurs over time?

I vowed to myself after diagnoses in June that the first thing I would do is lose the weight, I am committed to the programme but unsure of the way forward. Of course, my priority is a speedy recovery from current relapse and try to prevent further ones.

Any help is appreciated, I am so much happier in myself after adopting this lifestyle :)

Thanks
Sarah
Hi
My first thought was do the OMS programme as you are eating right you know you wont be contributing to the weight and it is nuturing your body to repair. Getting your vitamin d level right is also part of the approach have it tested and take it from there as the amount to supplement each day is based on a body weight calculation so keep that in mind as you change. Well done for what you have acheived.
The fish oil loading at this stage wont be adding that many extra calories, let's see it is 9 calories a gram, so 1 gram is 5 mill of oil rough measurements. I think I got that right.
As you feel better you could look to moving more.
Thanks veg, really appreciate your response. Will stick with the program.

Sarah
Fish oil, and flaxseed oil are omega 3, which are essential fatty acids. Our bodies need them for optimal health.

Essential fatty acids don't turn into fat in the body. Instead, the body will use the fat from fish oil to build the outside lipid (fat) layer that protects our cells - making for flexible healthy cells! Your cells will function the best, and your metabolism will be optimal.

Take your fish oil, and the weight will take care of itself. You will be reducing your relapse rate significantly too.
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Hi Sarah,

I understand perfectly what you are saying! Most people on our site don't seem to have this issue. I have been religiously following OMS for over 3 1/2 years almost from the month I was diagnosed. I was significantly overweight at the time and I had been to a dietician and had acupuncture for this as my diet was not horrible but my weight kept keeping up and up over the last ten years while I was studying. Anyway in the first year and half on OMS I lost 30 kg which was an added bonus as my goal was to regain my health, energy, stamina for life and to begin my healing process.

Then I plateaued with still 10 kg till I was at the high end if my optimal BMI range. I have no desire to be in the mid or low end of my BMI range. Ridiculous! But I do understand what you are saying. Like other people do what ever it takes with MS Drugs and
OMS I want to do this by being in a healthy weight range and OMS (no drugs).

I have not put this out there often as I knew what the answers would be! I have been on my plateau for over 18 months and I have upped the exercise before anyone goes there!

I don't think this is a normal issue as some people worry about maintaining weight and some are purely concentrating on
OMS. BUT we are all different and as MS symptoms and journey is individual and varied so to is our optimal healthy body journey. I agree with veg and Wendy that fish oil, flax oil and vit D are essential to our healing. I now take mostly flax oil with occasional fish oil though after the first year totally fish oil. I eat salmon at least 3 times a week with my vit D daily with some sun exposure when I can. I live in sunny Queensland so at least one to three times a week.

All I can tell you is I have been reflecting on my 2 Acupuncture sessions I had (pre diagnosis) for my then weight gain and the acupuncturist who was the President of acupuncture I believe at the time ( 8 years ago) talked to me about toxic build up in my body causing the blockages in my system.

You would think on our diet and lifestyle that toxins would not build up. I eat all the foods that are cleansers, garlic, ginger, beetroot, green etc. But I have read somewhere that some people tend to build up toxins more than others. Remembering that we are all different I am looking more into toxins to there validity. Planning a trip to the specialist centre to see the acupuncturist again soon as I think I have tried everything naturally for some time now. Just something to think about if the weight still sticks with you after a year or so.

Hope this helps Sarah! You are not alone with this one!

Jen
Deepak's motivational thoughts that help me are; why we need to accept the diagnosis we do not need to accept the prognosis, and little changes amount to big benefits!
Have you had your thyroid levels checked.
I hope to not cause any offense.
Have you just for a few average days done a calorie count.
Above all though I hope your body is repairing and MS fading.
Thanks Wendy, that has given me a better understanding of how these oils work in the body!

Doris, I'm so glad you responded, I haven't seen many people struggling with their weight on the plan and take spirit from your perseverance and weight loss, I hope you get some answers as to your plateau.

Veg, I have my vit d test tomorrow (although my GP thought I was crazy! What do they know) so when I am on the right level supplement that should hopefully help too, and further down the line thyroid could be a consideration, so thanks for that.
I'm trying to build on excercise, but think I have done too much lately as have increased spasms and pain in my legs. It's a fine line I'm finding!
As this is my first relapse and being tested positve for MS, and being apparently a v high risk of a relapse in the next five years, I was initially very concerned that I had not been given drugs, but now I a follower of OMS, I feel a bit more confident that I can do this with OMS, and hopefully a healthy BMI.

Thanks everyone,
Sarah
That is great you are getting your vitamin d level tested.
When you get it back the vitamin d resource page should help you with whether to mega dose and also what maintenance does you might need.
My whole life I have fought my weight and tried everything. The only thing that worked (when I was not trying) was the OMS diet. A wonderful side effect that after 3 months of starting I dropped 12 kg.

Now I have been on it just over 5 yrs. After losing nothing yes nothing! after the initial loss I have just suddenly dropped another 5 kg. Presuming there is nothing sinister going on you can take heart and forget about weight loss as it should take care of itself. Everyone is different and I am one of those whose bodies that hangs on to weight like I am never going to eat again so I understand the frustration.

In the end I let it go and decided that health was a better focus than weight loss.
Dx 1992 OMS 25-2-09
I originally lost some weight, not so much anymore. i would love to lose more weight,but keeping healthy and keeping my symptoms at bay is way more important. I need and try hard to get all that flax oil (vegan) and if the weight doesn't come off right now, I don't really care.

I want to stay well from this illness first and foremost, but that is just my story.
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