As an above-the-knee amputee, what's the best way to lose weight?
Asked by enemabandit on Jun 05, 2008 in Health Conditions



Excercise is difficult, so I am sedentary, but I eat healthily and have just stopped drinking lager! (200 calories a go!!) I have cut out butter and cheese from my diet but  I am still not losing weight.


Answer

Track your calories to be sure your intake is at a weight loss level.  Use the Calorie Target calculator in the Tools section to find your requirements.  If you think you expend extra energy to compensate for your disability, set the activity level to “moderate”. 

Everybody has to exercise.   As long as your prosthetic limb is comfortable, you should be able to use the treadmill, bicycle, rowing machine, StairMaster, and other aerobic equipment.  You also need strength-training, especially for the upper body, as well as flexibility exercises like yoga.  Read about your options for athletics from the Guide to Orthopedics on About.com.


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