You may have gained weight during treatment. There are certain treatments that cause weight gain. For example, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy for breast cancer or prostate cancer. Weight gain may happen after treatment and can be distressing.
If you feel the urge to snack, choose low-calorie versions. Examples include fruit, low-fat dairy products without added sugar, wholemeal bread or toast with low-fat cheese or chopped raw vegetable sticks with reduced-fat hummus.
Try to eat regularly and spread your meals evenly throughout the day. Try to limit your portions.
Fibre-rich food fills you up more. Examples include wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholewheat pasta, pulses, and generous portions of fruit and vegetables. (If you have had a part of your bowel removed, consult your healthcare team before adding fibre-rich foods to your daily diet)
Protein foods can help you feel fuller for longer. Good sources include lean poultry (eg skinless chicken and turkey), fish, low-fat dairy, eggs and pulses such as beans.
Even if you’re trying your hardest by paying attention to your diet and being more active, you may still gain weight due to cancer treatments. This can be very frustrating. Remember – if you hadn’t paid attention to your diet and how active you are, your weight gain could be greater.