When it comes to losing weight and osteoarthritis, it’s about more than reducing the stress on your joints. Fat is known to produce hormones and chemicals that increase inflammation, which produces free radicals. These cell-damaging molecules attack the synovial membrane in a joint, reducing the cartilage between the two bones.
Here are some tips towards a suitable diet plan.
- Avoid empty carbs, e.g. sugar
- Increase intake of ‘good’ fatty acids, e.g. Omega-3
- Cut down on alcohol
- Minimize snacking, especially processed foods, e.g. crisps
- Don’t eat deep-fried foods
- Reduce intake of meat
- Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) can be a quick and easy way to determine whether or not your weight is healthy. According to NHS guidelines, your BMI is calculated using your age, height, weight and activity levels and should sit between 18.5 and 24.9. While the BMI only takes into account a small number of variables, it’s a good indicator for you to understand more about your weight and whether to consider a diet plan.