Weight Loss and Hip Pain


The relationship between weight loss and hip pain is clear but one that is difficult to manage.  Its astonishing but for every kilo or pound of extra weigh you carry the load on your hip is increased by 3-4 times that. So if you're one stone over your ideal weight then the extra force on your hip is 3-4 stone!

Of course the good side to this is to take a 3-4 stone load off your hip you only need to lose a stone! But we all know how hard that can be.

Weight Loss and Hip Pain
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It's not easy

The major problem facing us hip patients in terms of losing weight is how hard it is to exercise, when even standing up can cause so much pain, let alone going for a walk.  However the plus side is that if you can shift a little weight and the pain decreases then it is slightly easier to move, meaning you can burn off more calories, meaning you lose more weight and enter what is called a virtuous cycle where reduced pain, allows increased exercise, resulting in weight loss, which leads to reduced pain and so allows even a bit more exercise and so on.

Understanding the relationship between weight loss and hip pain can be a real benefit and help reduce that pain.

Keep your goal in mind.

This is absolutely essential. I used to be a rock climber and rock climbers need to be thin - I wasn't. I dearly wanted to be able to do a grade 5+ climb and knew that to do so I would need to lose weight.

Every time I was tempted to snack I just asked myself "Which do I want more - to do the climb or eat this?" I normally chose the climb. As a result I lost weight quickly, and importantly, I never felt deprived.

For you the goal is reducing pain and understanding and accepting the relationship very real relationship between weight loss and hip pain is key to keeping you motivated.

Do not diet alone.

Dieting alone is much harder than if you join a friendly, non-competitive group. 

After the operation I put on a bit of weight and I signed up with an online programme which really helped keep me focuse

Apart from the community aspects you'll be given a huge choice of recipes or, if you prefer, you can add in your own and have it analysed for calories, fat and some other nutrients. On line ones are great for logging in your progress on a daily basis and for showing you how much you've achieved.

If you join one of the larger groups you'll be sure to find other people who are motivated by the "weight loss and hip pain" relationship

Use all available resources.

Make sure your doctor knows you are serious about losing weight and ask how they can help you. Does your local gym offer support for dieters either in the form gentle exercise or guidance on nutrition?

What about your council? Check out what's available in your local paper.

Exercise regularly.

It helps speed up your metabolism and burn off those calories. What's more your metabolic rate stays higher for a good while after you've finished exercising.

If you feel you can't exercise due to pain and stiffness then ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist who will draw up an exercise programme targetted at your particular problems.

You can use specific exercises to firm up areas that have somehow got a bit wobbly. Exercise also gives you a feel good factor which really can affect your mode and get you motivated.

Quite a few councils have now installed free, outdoor gyms in their parks - phone you council and find out where the nearest one is.

One other factor to bear in mind  about weight loss and hip pain is that people who are significantly overweight at the time of surgery run a higher risk of complications.


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