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Low Back Pain and Sciatica and Losing Weight

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Overview

Maintenance of good weight is important for your overall health.

Effect of Losing Weight on Low Back Pain and Sciatica

While scientific evidence is inconclusive as to how much obesity contributes to back pain in general, extra pounds can increase pressure on the spinal muscles and disks. Follow a healthy diet and exercise to help with the treatment of low back pain and sciatica. To lose weight you have to consume fewer calories of high quality food* than you expend. To maintain a healthy weight, eat an equal number of calories of high quality food to those you expend. Even more exercise than minimum recommendations may be required to lose weight.

  • Not all calories are created equally; eating 500 calories of candy is not the same as eating 500 calories of vegetables. Make sure you are eating healthy foods that are not processed, and in as close to their natural state as possible.

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