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Losing weight eases obesity-related pain

Losing weight eases 
obesity-related pain

Losing 10 per cent of your body weight appears to reduce pain related to obesity, even in non-weight-bearing areas, a new study finds. "It's been known for some time that people who are obese tend to have higher levels of pain, generally speaking," said investigator Andrew Schrepf. "But the assumption has always been the pain is going to be in the knees, hips and lower back -- parts of the body that are weight-bearing," said Schrepf, of the University of Michigan Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center.

Schrepf and his colleagues assigned 123 obese people to a low-calorie liquid diet. They also directed them to gradually increase physical activity. The study found that losing 10 per cent of body weight over 12 weeks helped reduce pain not only in expected locations, such as the knees and hips, but also in the abdomen, arm, chest and jaw. For someone weighing 250 pounds, that's equivalent to losing 25 pounds. Weight loss also led to better mental health, improved thinking and more energy, according to the study.

"We know when people lose a lot of weight they tend to feel better. But astonishingly, no one ever looked at where in the body the pain gets better," Schrepf said in a university news release. The findings suggest that joints aren't the only conduit of body pain, according to the researchers.

"What we think that means is this process of losing weight may be affecting the central mechanisms of pain control related to the brain and spinal cord," Schrepf said. He and his colleagues now want to find out why losing 10 per cent of body weight was the point at which obese people showed improvement in pain and other areas.

"Some of your earliest weight loss isn't all fat; it could be water," Schrepf said. "Somewhere around 10 per cent we're reaching some kind of critical mass, but it's hard to know exactly what that means."

The most important part is to cut back on sugars and starches (carbs). These are the foods that stimulate secretion of insulin the most. If you didn't know already, insulin is the main fat storage hormone in the body.

When insulin goes down, fat has an easier time getting out of the fat stores and the body starts burning fats instead of carbs.

Another benefit of lowering insulin is that your kidneys shed excess sodium and water out of your body, which reduces bloat and unnecessary water weight. It is not uncommon to lose up to 10 pounds (sometimes more) in the first week of eating this way, both body fat and water weight.

This is a graph from a study comparing low-carb and low-fat diets in overweight/obese women. The low-carb group is eating until fullness, while the low-fat group is calorie restricted and hungry. Cut the carbs, lower your insulin and you will start to eat less calories automatically and without hunger. Put simply, lowering your insulin puts fat loss on "autopilot."  Removing sugars and starches (carbs) from your diet will lower your insulin levels, kill your appetite and make you lose weight without hunger.

Each one of your meals should include a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables. Constructing your meals in this way will automatically bring your carb intake into the recommended range of 20-50 grams per day.

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