Monday, November 21, 2011

Is It Possible to Lose Weight Using Crutches?

After reading that New Orleans Saints' coach, Sean Payton said he lost 15-pounds since using crutches, we got to thinking...Is it possible that being on crutches, and, essentially less mobile than usual, could contribute to weight loss?

Well, the Livestrong website says that a person weighing 155 pounds burns 352 calories per hour walking with crutches, according to NutriStrategy calculations.  That's more than 90% MORE calories burned than walking without crutches!*

We've certainly seen Coach Payton doing a lot of walking up and down the sidelines with his Mobilegs crutches, but, at 352 calories per hour, how much walking would one need to do?

At 3,500 calories per pound, a 155-pound person would need to do nearly 10 hours of walking on crutches to lose one pound (150 hours to lose 15 pounds).

Certainly, post surgical patients on crutches have other factors going for them as well that could possibly contribute to weight loss, such as changes in diet due to surgery, loss of appetite due to pain medications, or, simply being driven by a motivation to get moving and stay healthy.

And, if you've been watching the Saints and Payton lately, it's fair to say he's doing a bit more than a leisurely walk up and down those sidelines.

*Based on this calculation from the Mayo Clinic that a 160-pound person burns 183 calories per hour while walking. 

DISCLAIMER: Mobilegs provided a pair of Mobilegs Ultra crutches to Sean Payton as a gift. Payton is under no contractual obligation to use the product or to provide endorsement. 


  1. this livestrong statement is quit interesting, I used to walk a lot but didn't walk with crutches before. So I think this is a new thing to consider. Thanks....

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  3. I've definitely lost inches and pounds since I've been on crutches, which marks 5 weeks tomorrow since I broke my ankle. My arms and legs, are more toned and so is my tummy. I guess because on crutches you are doing mini crunches constantly to maneuver around and climb stairs. And keeping you leg off the floor constantly, definitely requires your core. Also, you have to think twice before getting something to eat, because movement is a task, so I know my intake has been less. I'm excited about the weight loss, but wish I didn't have to break something to get it in motion.

  4. Lol!!! So true! I had surgery almost a month ago and injured a week before that... I've lost 25 lbs and my weight bearing leg as well as core, arms, back, shoulders are fitter than ever! My left leg is weak tho :/

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