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My mother is 330 lbs. has extremely bad knees, smokes, but wants and needs to lose weight...my question is, what is a good daily amount of exercise for her to start at?

What types of exercise are low impact that also burn a lot of calories?
She is staying with me from dec-may and i am wondering if i could get her down to 290 by then

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:56 PM on Nov. 21, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Once her doctor has cleared her to exercise, she should start slowly, a minimum of 20 minutes a day, a minimum of three times a week. Walking is a great (and free) way to start.
    A slow and steady weightloss is the easiest to maintain - one to two pounds a week.

    Start with simple changes:
    Don’t buy junk food
    Make sure that she drinks enough water, at least 8 8oz glasses a day.
    Eat an apple or big pile of veggies before meals.
    Eat 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, in at least 3 different colors.
    Eat 5-6 servings of whole grains a day.
    Eat at least two servings of legumes a day.
    Cut way back on meat and dairy.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:44 AM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • Water aerobics are a great low impact exercise. If you have a stationary bike that is also low impact.

    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 2:00 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • I'd suggest she see a dr. and see what he recommends. But other than that, I'd start her out either on a treadmill or walking outside around the block. Walking is always the best exercise.
    LadyEb

    Answer by LadyEb at 2:16 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • PP has great exercise ideas, for diet have her eat foods that are higher in fiber and other important nutrients, and try to reduce the calories, fat, refined sugars, and sodium she gets; using fresh foods as opposed to pre-cooked foods is a good way to do this- you become more aware of what is in each ingredient. 330 down to 290 in 6 months? That's a little over 6 pounds per month. Shoot more for 1-3 pounds loss per month at first, then see how she is doing on sticking to it. It won't do her any good to lose that weight at your place if she is going to gain it back when she leaves. The diet and exercise changes need to be permanent, and the exercise won't do it alone. Is she willing to quit smoking? That would help her health at least. She should also discuss her options with a doctor and see what they recommend for her diet and exercise wise.
    preacherskid

    Answer by preacherskid at 2:19 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

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