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Readers Respond: Has Weight Gain Been a Problem for You?

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Updated January 31, 2011

From the article: Eat Right and Eat Less
Osteoarthritis can cause you to be less active. With less physical activity, weight gain can become an issue. Have you packed on some unwanted pounds since you were diagnosed with osteoarthritis? Have you discussed the problem with your doctor or, on your own, have you begun to focus on diet and regular exercise?

Do you feel you are unable to exercise at a level that would burn calories? Along with physical inactivity, medication side effects and stress can contribute to weight gain too.

Have you tried to lose weight or do you just accept the weight gain?

Never Easy

I have been overweight most of my life. Osteoarthritis is just another reason to try to drop it. I have totally changed what I eat. Cut saturated fat down to less than 2g per serving or less. I have lost 50lbs but have a long way to go and keep getting told "without proper exercise, you'll never get anywhere". Well, if you don't experience the pain I do when I walk, then be thankful. I cannot get around very well, and am terrified of losing my mobility completely so am doing what little I can. It is taking a long time and it is frustrating. But the thought of not being able to walk out to the mailbox, or drive my car, keeps me from giving up.
—Guest Toni W

Slow going

I'm several months away from a hip replacement and know that keeping the weight down is important. Not easy to do! One thing that has helped is MyFitnessPal - a website and/or phone app. It's good for keeping track of what you eat, exercise, etc. Since my mobility is quite limited - my progress is slow but any progress is good at this point.

Has weight gain been a problem for you

I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis along with other painful conditions. One of my pain meds causes weight gain. I gained 20 lbs. The way I lost it was by cutting that pain med in half, and taking only a half dose. I also eat 6 times a day. I only eat when I am hungry, and then just eat until I'm full. Also, I sit for no more than a half hour and then get up and move around for at least 15 mins. Doing this for 4 months, I have lost 20 lbs. and am still going. I am 55 yrs. old. If I can do it, so can you. Good luck!
—Guest Debbe


I have been off work ten weeks. I work in a busy shoe shop, and since hurting my knee and being told it is osteoarthritis I have gain 6lb am crushed coz I was beginning to lose weight, wish someone was able to help me.
—Guest sc

Weight loss better than weight gain

I write down everything I eat,and calculate the carbs, protein and fat to balance the caloric count. Even if the weight loss is minimal -- it is better than weight gain -- and makes me more "aware" of food as medicine -- which is what it really is. Now exercise is another ball of wax. I try to garden even with my dear old cane!!

What to do?

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis back in July. I had been using the total gym to keep my weight down. I was so inflamed that I was told not to exercise 'til the inflammation was gone. It is now February. I have been trying to do the Wii and walking but they still cause discomfort greatly within the next 2 days. I have gained 7lbs since Nov. due to the fact I can't exercise properly. I'm to the point I don't know what to do.
—Guest beth

Defeated before I start

Weight gain since being diagnosed -- can't find the will power to try and diet. Get more and more depressed - I'm only 44 -- what the hell am I gonna be like in 10 years from now?
—Guest Tas


I have tried dieting and it didn't work. Now I'm exercising with the Wii. I've been exercising for 6 weeks and I have only lost 4 pounds. I'm very discouraged.
—Guest Audrey

Yes, it's a problem

I eat junk food and don't exercise enough. Should know better. So hard to do right things vs wrong things.
—Guest Claire
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