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Putting on Weight

Weight gain is common during both cancer treatment and menopause.

Maintaining a healthy weight is an important aspect of a long-term health for cancer survivors. There are many ways to avoid weight gain, and to lose additional weight if you put it on. Talk to your general practitioner, breast care nurse or ask to speak to a dietitian for advice.

Talk to your general practitioner, breast care nurse or ask to speak to a dietitian for advice. 

What can help avoid weight gain?

  • Eat a healthy diet, including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Reduce your intake of foods with saturated fat, added salt and added sugar.
  • Drink more water and less sugary liquids like soft drink and fruit juice.
  • Participate in regular physical activity, aiming for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every day, and limiting sedentary habits (the time you spend sitting or lying down).
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, limit your intake.
  • You can get detailed advice on your particular needs from a dietitian.

To find an accredited dietitian near you, visit www.daa.asn.au