Can Weight Loss Reduce Hip Pain?

It sure can! Weight loss is one of the most effective ways to reduce the wear on your hip.

Its astonishing but for every kilo or pound you are overweight the load on your hip is 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!

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

Top Tips for Weight Loss

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.

Of course you might chose the food :) and every now and the I would too but it was my choice and made in the full knowledge of the consequences.

Do not diet alone.

Dieting alone is much harder than if you join a friendly, non-competitive group. I joined and it was brilliant being able to cheer each other on when we made some progress and to support those that had got stuck or were going backwards.

After the operation I put on a bit of weight and this time I've signed up with Weight Watchers. I liked there weight loss programme a lot and if needed to join group again I'd definitely go back to Weight Watchers.

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.

They usually have an expert online who readily responds to emailed questions.

And if you're a male you'll be pleased to know there are men only forums.

I personally prefer online groups they suited my life style better but there are loads of real life groups as well.

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.

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