Well, I lay in bed last night after writing yesterday’s post and finally made a decision. I am going public with my weight loss. Hopefully that will give me the motivation to find a good diet plan and stick to it. The first thing I need to do is find and decide which is the best of the osteoarthritis weight loss diets.
Two reasons: I don’t want to have surgery as I talked about yesterday and I received this photo of me on Monday from a friend of mine. I took my horse to his first ribbon day (he did so well- a 1st, two 2nd and Judges pick of the day) and I didn’t take the camera. Fay kindly sent me this and I look so fat! Poor Breeze, he broke his elbow in 3 places last year and I have spent months rehabbing him back only to put all that pressure through the joint. Long and the short of all this is that I must find a good diet plan that I can stick to forever!
Studies into Osteoarthritis Weight Loss Diets
I know that osteoarthritis weight loss diets have beneficial effects. Most studies are done on knees. For example this one studied the compared low calorie osteoarthritis weight loss diets given by a hospital and how it affected knee function. They used the following method:
“Eighty patients with knee OA, 89% women (n=71), were recruited. Mean (SD) body-mass index (BMI) was 35.9 (5.1) kg/m2and age 62.6 (11.1) years. Patients were randomized to either a low-energy diet (LED 3.4MJ/day), or a control diet (5MJ/day). The LED group had weekly dietary sessions, whereas the control group was given a booklet describing weight loss practices. Changes in body weight and body composition were examined as independent predictors of changes in knee OA symptoms. Symptoms were monitored by the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities’ (WOMAC) OA index.”
This was the result:
“In our patients with knee OA, a weight reduction of 10% improved function by 28%. LED* might be of advantage to control diet because of the rapidity of weight loss and a more significant loss of body fat.”
*LED is low energy diet in case you are wondering.
I have done all of the following in the past: weight watchers (which worked the best but is a hassle going to meetings and I also don’t like being weighed in public!) Atkins (which gave short term weight loss but I felt pretty ill on it to be honest and my breath stank!), calorie counting (too lazy and kept forgetting where I was- well either that or my subconscious kept taking over) plus others.
The main problem I have, like many osteoarthritis sufferers, is that I can’t do vigorous cardiovascular exercise to help with any of the osteoarthritis weight loss diets that there are out there. If I do too much I end up so much pain and stiffness I can’t get out of my chair in the evening, let alone go out and feed the horses (my family would say what about feeding them but, hey, their food isn’t in a locked shed!).
So today is the day I start going through some osteoarthritis weight loss diets and finding something that is suitable for people with osteoarthritis.
Does anyone have any osteoarthritis weight loss diets they can suggest or does anyone want to join me on this journey so we can support each other. If you do leave a message in the comments box and let’s do this….