How can I lose weight if I can’t exercise?

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This question is a common one. If you can’t exercise because of your weight, then you can still lose weight if you try the following strategies:

Keep your food and exercise in proportion. Eat less every day. If your calories are high, it may be best to not eat. You don’t know whether your metabolism is more efficient when you’re not hungry or tired. Keep an inventory of your food. If you eat a lot of foods you like, it makes sense to eat fewer of those foods when you are in food purgatory. Be sure to eat what you want. The more you eat that will come at the expense of more of your food choices.

If you have a family member or friend who is overweight, and you are aware of that person’s weight and your own, you can start by helping to monitor your health. Here are some of the ways to do this:

Tell your doctor. The first step in weight control is to know your health. What does your doctor tell you about weight gain, weight loss, and your risk for other weight related disorders? Is he or she concerned about your weight or your ability to control it?


The first step in weight control is to know your health. What does your doctor tell you about weight gain, weight loss, and your risk for other weight related disorders? Is he or she concerned about your weight or your ability to control it? Get a weight measurement. Measure your height and weight, and ask your doctor and a nurse/physician if you have been measured at the doctor’s office before.

Measure your height and weight, and ask your doctor and a nurse/physician if you have been measured at the doctor’s office before. Get nutrition counseling and/or diet therapy. Get nutrition counseling, a meal plan, or both. Learn your body composition, how important foods are to you, and how to eat a more nutritious diet.

Get nutrition counseling, a meal plan, or both. Learn your body composition, how important foods are to you, and how to eat a more nutritious diet. Exercise. Exercise, and get help from a physical therapist.

What’s not possible?

While weight loss is possible for people as they work to maintain their weight, it is not likely to happen for weight-conscious people. People who don’t work out, or who are overweight, may need to engage in weight maintenance diets. A dietitian may be a good option for some of these