Need another reason to get rid of that extra weight? Not surprisingly, carrying around excess weight can put a lot of strain on your joints, especially your knees and hips.
What Is Causing My Joint Pain?
Research points to osteoarthritis as the culprit for joint pain. Osteoarthritis, also called OA, is most common in the middle-aged and elderly population and is a result of the cartilage in the joints breaking down. Additionally, it causes the tendons and ligaments to deteriorate, as well as causing inflammation in the joint lining. Although the condition typically affects the older population, young people aren’t exempt from it, especially those who are overweight or obese. According to the Arthritis Foundation, an extra pound on your overall weight leads to four extra pounds of pressure on your knees. For example, a 5’4” woman is considered obese at 174 pounds, with the top of her healthy weight range being 140 pounds. That extra 34 pounds she is carrying is adding 136 pounds of pressure to her joints.
What Other Benefits Do I Get From Weight Loss?
You may be curious about how weight loss can help you and what the best method is for you to drop those extra pounds. Perhaps you’ve already tried other methods of losing weight and haven’t been successful and you’re looking for an alternative approach. We always like to have a consultation with all of our patients to determine what their weight loss and lifestyle goals are.
Weight loss that gets you closer to the normal BMI weight range is going to have positive effects on your health. Losing weight can reduce chronic pain, can lower your rates of diabetes and heart disease, and potentially lower your risk of certain types of cancer. Beyond that, weight loss helps you have more energy for day-to-day tasks and activities.
If I Want To Lose Weight, What Should My Next Steps Be?
Your first step should be evaluating your personal goals for weight loss and understanding what you’d like to achieve and why. After that, schedule a consultation at NEW You Weight Loss so we can help you decide what the best course of action is for you to achieve your goals. We offer a variety of services to suit your individual needs, as well as offering support throughout your journey. Visit us today to get on the road to a more healthy lifestyle.