Excess Weight and What it Does

We all know that being over-weight or obese can have major consequences on our lives. That is why I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to be even more aware of the extraordinary thing that is your body. As an intricate piece of mechanical engineering, equipped with a brain that can out-compute any computer, it needs, or rather deserves, to be looked after and loved.

I have had problems with my hips all my adult life. This problem was a “developmental” one that occurred even before I was born. It meant that I could never get into a full lotus position, I couldn’t bend my hips at various angles and it was life limiting to a certain extent. It got progressively worse, and more and more painful, until I finally went to my GP asking for help.

I now have two ceramic hip joints and a certain orthopaedic surgeon rates very highly on my daily Gratitude List.  Thus, I began my association with the excellent Orthopaedic Department of my local hospital. Over the last two years I have found myself spending time in the outpatients’ department and observing my fellow patients. The clinic on Monday mornings is for hips, knees, ankles etc. and the majority of the hip and knee patients (generally on the older end of the spectrum) are often over-weight or obese.

You see our hips and knees are the main weight-bearing joints of our bodies. But let me explain this a little further. Every pound you weigh on the scales results in three pounds of weight on these joints. So if you set yourself a target of 10lbs weight loss, this actually results in 30lbs weight loss as far as your joints are concerned.

I have also experienced weight problems and, having recovered from my first hip operation, I began to find even climbing the stairs soon resulted in painful knees. So I stood on the scales and weighed myself. It was shock horror as I realised that I too was rather overweight.

Fortunately, I’m fairly tall so the extra weight didn’t really show. Over the last year however, I have slowly lost the weight, dropped two dress sizes and, voila, no more painful knees. In fact, last Monday the Orthopaedic Department doctor told me just how well I looked… Result!

However, I do appreciate that for some people there are considerable difficulties with their joints because of circumstances beyond their control, just like me. But for others, poor choices are being made with regards to food and general life-style. Excessive weight gain can lead to diabetes, heart disease and even cancer – all of which can have catastrophic repercussions on the body as well.

I would like to encourage everyone to be aware of what they’re eating and to really think whether or not they’re actually hungry. Eat your unprocessed carbohydrates for breakfast to give you slow release energy for the day; and concentrate on proteins and green, leafy vegetables or salad for lunch and supper. Try to keep away from white flour, sugar and white rice.

Yes, I know it’s difficult. I still have an on-going battle with chocolate! But even a small amount of weight loss is important and will ultimately make a difference to your on-going health.

Good luck and please email me if you wish via my website, www.lizis.co.uk

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