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‘Why have I put on weight since starting nursing?’


“I’ve always struggled with my weight but since starting the nursing course in September it’s really got out of control.

“Everyone else seems to be a size 8 even though they’re doing the same as me. I just don’t know where I’m going wrong.

“I do try to find time to exercise but I’m normally so tired after placement that I just don’t have the energy. I honestly don’t think my diet is that bad, I tend to snack on placement but I normally make a proper meal when I get home.

“What’s the secret? How does everyone else manage?”

Please use the comments section below to share your advice


Readers' comments (4)

  • I really don’t know I start uni in September done Access this year and put on a stone. Need to find an answer before September.
    Are you busy/tired or stressed? Stress can cause weight gain - maybe look at ways to help control this if it’s a factor. I think stress was a contributing factor for me and trying to establish a stress relieving routine before starting uni.

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  • I started adult nursing in January and must admit, I’ve put a few extra pounds on lol. We all tried our uniforms on for size on our first day over our clothes.. mine is rather snug now and the trouser button is usually undone 🤔 I think it’s the snacking during placements, plus the initial uni block was very easy to over indulge in the su bar or cafeteria lol
    I opt for the stairs now instead of the lift to help me lose the extra baggage xxx

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  • I think most Nurses do add weight and as the years go on it gets worse.

    oops, but it's a matter of changing 'what' you snack on. I am now a telephone triage nurse and added weight sitting down and eating for 9 hours the whole shift.
    I now tell myself I don't need to eat all the time and changed to veg with hummus dips, fruit which I used to hate but I like it now-take grapes, cut pineapple, melon, cherries, satsumas as well as the usual apple or pear.

    My daughter is a great cook and I take her healthy food to work but you could buy low fat/low cal ready meals for at work in the microwave. I have now lost 2 stone in 4 months and that is without added exercise, I will start that when I lose a bit more weight. I personally find calorie counting helps me, I eat healthily though and if I go over one day I don't beat myself up about it.
    Good luck.

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  • I struggle with this a lot, but have found that if you don't buy the snacks in then it's not there to tempt you after a long shift. Also fruit and water fill you up loads which I have tried to eat more of. If snacking is something you really struggle with, Ive just started cycling to placement and back which not only gets me there quicker but also gets the exercise in too!

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