When a Pound Is More Than a Pound

19 September, 2012

Yes, you heard right. Just 1 pound could mean a lot to your knees. If you are overweight or obese, losing 1 pound feels more like losing 4 pounds to this all-important joint. Here's why.

Extra Weight and Your Gait

When you carry excess weight, your gait changes to accommodate your size and help you keep your balance. Often, these gait changes involve placing a disproportionate amount of stress on already strained knees. That's why losing weight -- even as little as 1 pound -- helps give your knees a much-needed break. Losing weight can even help reduce your risk of knee osteoarthritis.

More to Lose?

Now, of course, losing more than 1 pound would be even better, if you're carrying a lot of extra weight.

SOURCES: Weight loss reduces knee-joint loads in overweight and obese older adults with knee osteoarthritis. Messier, S. P., Gutekunst, D. J., Davis, C., DeVita, P., Arthritis and Rheumatism 2005 Jul;52(7):2026-2032.

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