Eliminating Back Pain with Weight Loss

It is an absolute fact that proper dieting can reduce lower back pain. Obese individuals suffer from chronic back pain, and most of it is due to posture. As heavy set individuals tend to sit for longer durations of time than healthier individuals, we begin to see a rising trend of obese people with chronic lower back problems. When talking to a Chiropractor in Huntersville, he stated that “there have been many cases of back related injuries due to obesity.” We know that not only does sitting for long durations of time have an impact on posture and back health, we know that everyday motions that healthy people don’t even think about are strenuous tasks for obese people.

Imagine having 100+ pounds around your waste every time you bend over to pick something up or lean forward to wipe yourself after using the toilet. These are everyday activities that most people just don’t think about being the strenuous activity. The spine, in time, will begin to curve, and as a result, cause extreme pain and poor posture. The back is something that you must take care of if you want a long active life. Walking for even short distances is a difficult venture for people with back problems. They invest in special shoe inserts, canes, walkers, electric wheelchairs, and other devices that allow them to continue being obese and not addressing the real problem. You must lose the weight! You must diet and exercise if you want to recover from these health issues.

Finding a nutrition expert and personal trainer to help you through the process will prove to be beneficial in the long run. Throughout your journey, you will need to receive regular medical attention from both a general practitioner and a professional Chiropractor. Chiropractic care and weekly back adjustments at the beginning stages of diet and exercise will ensure that you don’t injure yourself so badly that you stop exercising. Dieting alone isn’t going to get you where you need to be, you need to burn that fat off and relieve your back of that excess weight.

Dieting Tips

  • Find a nutritionist (if it’s affordable)
  • Cut out sugars
  • Cut down on carbs
  • Cut out alcohol
  • Portion control
  • Nothing processed
  • Eat organic
  • Track caloric intake
  • Commit
  • Track progress
  • Don’t quit

Exercise Tips

  • Find a personal trainer (if it’s affordable)
  • Start slow
  • Walk more
  • Sit less
  • Use weights
  • Resistance training
  • Swim (easy on the joints)
  • Find something you like doing (hiking, biking, tennis)
  • Do it with a friend that is supportive
  • Visit your doctor
  • Try chiropractic treatment to improve overall health
  • Commit
  • Track progress
  • Don’t quit

On the surface, this seems like an easy plan to most of us, but for those suffering from extreme obesity; this seems like an unattainable goal. Overeating can be a disease-like problem for some people and get over that first hump can be one of the most difficult accomplishments one can make in the first month. After those short-term goals are achieved though, it becomes a lot easier to continue on. Having a friend or a spouse to join you in the journey will make the process even easier. That support group will be necessary for your physical well-being, and your mental and emotional wellbeing.

Finding proper medical treatment along the way is advised; a general practitioner can monitor your weight loss, check vitals on a monthly basis, and give you the proper guidance you will need to stay healthy during your weight loss journey. As the body sheds its excess weight, you will notice reduced pain in the joints. Your knees, ankles, hips, and lower back will all become relieved as the weight drops. The spine and legs are connected; having someone who can provide spinal adjustments, and align your back in legs will be your best friend through the process. As the weight is lost, your body will begin to shift and transform, at that time a chiropractor will be needed to help your body adjust to the new you.

This won’t happen naturally unfortunately, the body has spent so much time in an obese state that it will need help from a chiropractor to adjust and settle into its natural state. Whatever your diet and weight loss goals are, you must commit, and you must not quit! We recommend that you also read this article (how obesity affects your veins) to learn more about the problems caused by obesity.

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