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How to Lose Weight When Bedridden

author image Lisa M. Wolfe
A mother of two and passionate fitness presenter, Lisa M. Wolfe had her first fitness article published in 2001. She is the author of six fitness books and holds an Associate of Arts in exercise science from Oakland Community College. When not writing, Wolfe is hula-hooping, kayaking, walking or cycling.
How to Lose Weight When Bedridden
A bed ridden man eats a low calorie meal. Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Weight loss, whether you are bedridden or not, is achieved when you create a deficit between calories taken in through food and calories used up through activity. When you are bedridden, you can limit your calorie intake according to your doctor's instructions and you can perform isometric, non-movement, exercises to maintain your muscle tissue. These exercises will help you use calories and if you restrict your calorie intake by approximately 500 calories each day. Within one week, you will lose one pound. For every pound of weight lost, you have lessened your calories by 3,500.

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Step 1

Eat a variety of healthy foods. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fat-free dairy products as part of your healthy eating.

Step 2

Restrict your portion size by 10 to 15 percent. Leave food on your plate and do not feel you have to finish all the food that is placed in front of you.

Step 3

Eat breakfast. Eat smaller meals throughout the day to keep hunger at bay so you do not binge eat.

Step 4

Perform an isometric leg exercise. Lie on your back with your legs straight. Tighten the tops of your legs to pull up your kneecaps. Hold the contraction for five to 10 seconds. Release and then repeat two to four times.

Step 5

Perform an isometric stomach exercise. Lie on your back with your legs straight. Place your palms on your stomach. Exhale and tighten your stomach by pulling your belly button toward your spine. Maintain the contraction for five to 10 seconds. Inhale and release as you feel your hands rise. Repeat two to four times.

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