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Wednesday, October 01, 2008 krazydeb, Community Member, asks

Q: HOW CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT WHEN YOU CAN'T HARDLY WALK

EVERY TIME I FINALLY THINK I CAN START A WALKING PROGRAM TO LOSE WEIGHT AND FEEL BETTER MY FEET START HURTING SO BAD, I BARELY CAN MOVE THEM. THEY EVEN

HURT IF I AM NOT MOVING THEM. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WILL STOP THE PAIN BESIDES TAKING PAIN PILLS. THE PAIN IN MY ARMS ARE AS BAD AS MY FEET, AND MY KNEES ARE POPING AND CRACKING

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
10/ 7/08 2:55pm

It can be beyond frustrating when you want to get in shape and lose weight and your RA gets in the way. There are ways around that, although you can probably expect that it will take you longer than a person who doesn't have a chronic illness. The silver lining is that when you lose weight slowly, avoiding the quickfix diets, you have a better chance of the weight loss being permanent. The quick fixes, starvation diets, etc., tend to lead to quick weight loss, followed by gaining more weight than you lost and so on.

 

They say that the secret to losing weight is to eat less and move more. You might consider seeing a dietitian (your family doctor should be able to find one) to talk about healthy eating and portion size. As a society, North America has become more and more convinced that a proper meal is much larger than what people ate 30-40 years ago. Getting information from a reputable source about what a healthy, balanced diet looks like it will help you adjust your eating habits, develop a healthy lifestyle when it comes to food, thereby creating long-term and lasting change. One of the things that a dietitian will tell you is to eat 5-6 smaller meals a day, instead of 2-3 larger males. Someone once explained to me that not eating regularly means that your body becomes convinced its in an environment with few resources and therefore holds onto all the calories you give it. However, eating every 3-4 hours makes your body believe that there will always be more food, so it processes what you need and lets go of whatever calories it doesn't need. Neat, eh?

 

The second factor in weight loss, moving more, it is a challenge when you have chronic pain. Being in water makes it easier on your joints and you can try finding a pool at a community center or a gym (if you can afford the membership) and walk in water - as an added benefit, water offers resistance, which means it burns more calories than when you walk in air. Exercising in general while you're in the water will also be easier on your joints and swimming is an excellent way to get in shape (if you don't know how, find a class that teaches other adults in the same situation). Your doctor will be able to refer you to a physiotherapist who can teach you the kind of exercises that will be good for your body, while helping you avoid what will make your affected joints hurt. And lastly, for motivation and support, finding a group of other people who are losing weight can be very helpful - you can go to formal programs like Weight Watchers or more importantly, get a bunch of friends together to cheer each other on and you can connect to people and information about weight loss on Internet sites, such as HealthCentral's MyDietExercise.com.

 

Good luck!

 

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Adriana De Rivera, Community Member
12/23/11 6:07pm

In my case is not only my chronic pain that make it very difficult for me to do anything, but I also have chronic asthma, and other health condition that makes it very difficult for me to walk, plus the only pull around cost money and I can't afford it. I had try many diet and it does not work and this doctors he in Cleveland Ohio don't really cares, the majority don't even listen when you are trying to communicate to them your health problems, plus they can only see you for fifteen minutes and they don't even give you a chance to ask to refer you to a specialist because they will cut you off saying that your time is up. So my only hope is to get some real help on line of how can I lose weight, right now I am only eating 700 calories a day which are three very small meals. HELP PLEASE? AdrianaCry

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
12/23/11 9:38pm

I'm so sorry you're having such a rough time getting help.

 

I'd suggest you check out the community features, such as the Q&A area and SharePosts on a couple of our sites. Our Diet and Exercise site might have information that can help you and the Asthma site may also have members who can give you tips on losing weight when you have bas asthma. Lastly, you may also want to check out our COPD site - you don't have COPD, but many who do have a lot of trouble breathing and may have some insight that can help you.

 

Good luck!

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slcurry, Community Member
12/25/11 8:23pm

Easy!  I lost 45 pounds in 2011 and didn't even exercise one time.  Take a look at the website I created that has the diet plan that I followed (sensible eating).  

http://myownbookshelf.weebly.com

I did you I know you can do it.  Now I do feel like walking and exercising.  My knees are much better too.  RA go away!  I'm loving my results.

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