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Fat in the Front Means Pain in the Back

  • 19th February 2011 |
  • Author: Iris

Are you carrying around extra weight in your belly?  If so, your back is going to suffer!  Getting rid of excess weight is so important if you are suffering from chronic back pain.  This is not simply a cosmetic issue – it’s a health issue.

The spine is not designed to carry weight in excess of our natural, lean body weight.  As we put on extra pounds, the spine becomes more compressed and distorted, resulting in back pain. 

Distortion and compression of the spine also affects the sciatic nerve.  Compression or “pinching” of the sciatic nerve can cause excruciating pain in the back, hips and legs.  As a matter of fact, this is one of the main reasons people who are overweight tend to have problems with their lower back, either due to the distortion of the spinal column or sciatica.

If you’ve been carrying around a lot of belly fat and having low back pain, there is only one thing you can do to end the pain . . . lose weight.  When you lose those extra pounds you’ve been carrying around, you will take the pressure off your spine and sciatic nerve.

Of course, losing weight is not something you can do overnight.  You must put forth some effort and be committed. However, the benefits of losing weight far outweigh the inconvenience you may experience from the effort.

Since you are already experiencing back pain, you must take things slowly.  Consulting with your physician should be at the top of your “To Do” list when it comes to designing a weight loss and exercise plan that will work for you.  Losing weight naturally, a little bit at a time, through diet and exercise is a very good way to go.  Start exercising slowly and do stretches before and after your exercises.  Focusing on strengthening your core body muscles will help decrease the low back pain you are experiencing by giving your back better support and alignment.

Within a couple of weeks, you should notice a difference in the way you feel if you’ve been consistent with your healthy eating plan and exercise routine.  Within a month or so, you should see a physical difference – less belly fat and less back pain..

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