Being Overweight Is a Real Pain Our bodies are amazingly made and from the tops of our heads down to the souls of our feet, it never ceases to amaze people of how wonderfully our body is able to cope with the things we hand it on a day-to-day basis. There may be times, however, whenever we overdo it in some way or another and our body is simply not able to keep up with the abuse that we give to it. This is the case whenever we weigh too much and believe it or not, weight problems can cause other problems in our body that are either mild or extreme. One of the ways that this is most commonly felt is through back pain. The reason why our backs tend to hurt whenever we are overweight is because we are putting undue pressure on the spinal column. The spine was made in order to hold a specific amount of weight that is proportionate to the size of our body. If we are carrying around an additional 20 or more pounds of body fat, this is going to strain our spinal column and even put it out of alignment. This is one of the main reasons why we experience back pain. Another reason why we may have pain in our back is because of our sciatic nerve being pinched. As we gain weight, our body tends to compensate by shifting our hips forward and this puts it into an unnatural alignment which pinches this nerve. Sciatica is one of the more painful things that can happen to us and it is unnecessary for us to be feeling this if we are feeling it because we are overweight. In order for us to overcome these problems and to get rid of the back pain once and for all, we are going to need to get rid of the weight that we are carrying around. For most of us, it is a matter of shedding weight that we may have been carrying for the majority of our lives. If you would like to lose anywhere from 10 to 50 pounds or even more there is really only one way for you to do it. Reduce the amount of calories that you are eating every day and eat healthy foods so that you are at a 500 to 1000 calorie per day deficit. You will lose about 2 pounds per week which will have amazing benefits on the way that your back feels in just a short period of time.