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Key to Losing Weight for Knee Replacement Surgery

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Question: I have to lose 100 pounds in order to be able to have a knee replacement. What can I do for cardio and what can I do for weight training to get the weight off?

Answer: If you are a candidate for a knee replacement then there are several exercises that you need to avoid to prevent doing further damage to it and the one good knee you have.

  • Squats and leg presses are closed kinetic movements and those put pressure on the knee joints.
  • Open kinetic exercises like leg curls and leg extensions are acceptable with light to moderate weight.
  • You should have no trouble with most upper body exercises except exercises like deadlifts and other explosive compound exercises.
  • Use exercises that you can sit while doing or ones that don’t stress your knees.

If you can lose the weight then you may be able to postpone the operation for a while longer. Water aerobics or simply walking in a pool will take a great deal of pressure off of your knees while it increases your heart rate. You could try to use a recumbent bicycle as well. It has the added benefit of a rotational knee movement without stressing the joint too badly.

No matter what exercises you do in the gym or in the pool, you will need to make adjustments to the foods you eat and when you eat them. Generally, have a balanced breakfast with protein, fats and carbohydrates. It’s a good idea to have a small mid-morning snack and a balanced lunch. In the mid-afternoon another snack helps to prevent you being so hungry when you get home that you would chew on the kitchen counter. Dinner should be non-starchy vegetables, preferably leafy green types and a lean protein source. An old but good rule for eating is to enjoy breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.

Getting your legs stronger and losing weight in the process could assist you in postponing knee replacement surgery and since the replacements last only ten to twelve years repeating the surgery.

God bless and keep training,
Daryl