Since I run so much, I basically eat in order to keep weight on… so weight loss hasn’t been much of a concern for me. I also struggle with IBS so I’m forced to eat healthier than I would if I didn’t have this problem (so basically I pay for what I eat sooner than everyone else does )
Anyways, I have a friend who contacted me this week asking me how to lose weight in a healthy way. This friend has knee trouble and recently had to undergo some type of surgery, which limits their ability to work out. Since this isn’t my specialty, I wanted to get some input from my readers and see if they could add anything!
This is the email that I sent my friend:
Of course, we are looking for low impact sports since your knee is tender, so jogging/running is out of the question. No need to do that unless being chased
Alternating workouts during the week will be your best bet. Something like insanity would be great for you, taking it easy on the knees when needed. If you are working out three times per week, Let’s say Monday, Wednesday, Friday, you would switch up like this:
Monday 30 min spin (or class), 30 min elliptical. Take music with you and go at your fastest pace
Wednesday 30 min fast walking on treadmill (try for 4mh pace), 30 min spin at your fastest pace
Friday 30 min elliptical, 30 min spin at your fastest pace
The biggest things you need to worry about are keeping your heart rate up, and keep moving at your fastest pace. PUSH THROUGH the cramps and remember, you should be sweaty and gross 15 minutes into your workout.
I’m not sure when you’ll be ready to join your classes again, but I’d suggest taking it easy until you know your knee won’t give you any trouble!
Of course, in order to lose weight, you have to give your diet a lot of attention. Eating healthy salads with minimal dressing, staying away from white flour/sugar and fried food will definitely help you out. I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day and it curbs my appetite, helping me make healthy choices. Keep fruit and nuts on you all the time to eat between meals, which will keep your blood sugar stable.
Hope these tips help; I know you have what it takes to lose this weight
I’m all about being healthy and strong, and sometimes that means shaving off a pound or two in order to be your best. I don’t want my friend to drop 30 pounds in 3 weeks, I want them to be stronger and healthier.
Ok- what else would you guys suggest? I know theirs more things we can all implement into our lives to be healthier and we’d love to hear your tips