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Nutrition and Exercise

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Areas of the body affected by lipedema, such as the hips, thighs and ankles, are almost completely resistant to diet and exercise no matter how few calories are consumed or burned. Patients that suffer from lipedema should eat well balanced, nutritious food to reduce inflammation and avoid putting on unnecessary weight.

Nutritional Guidance

Some Patients have reported that their symptoms worsened after eating processed foods, drinking alcohol, or foods that contain yeast. Other patients claim that inflammation improved by avoiding certain foods and including healthier choices into their daily diet. The table below outlines dietary alternatives as well as foods to avoid.

Helps to Eliminate Inflammation 

Contributes to Inflammation 

 Nuts  Gluten and Casein
 Spinach  Safflower and Sunflower oil 
Olive Oil  Soy and Corn 
Tart Cherries  Meat 
Turmeric and Ginger  Dairy and Eggs 
Pineapple  Processed Meats 
Orange Vegetables and Fruits  Fried Foods
Onions  Soft Drinks 
Garlic  Fast Food 


Studies show that low impact exercises that do not increase lactic acid help to increase lymphatic drainage and improve blood flow through affected limbs including:

  • Swimming or other water activities
  • Walking
  • Whole body vibration
  • Stationary bike (or street bike if able)
  • Elliptical trainer
  • Yoga
  • Stretching
  • Pilates
  • Dancing

High impact exercising (i.e. jogging, step-aerobics) should be avoided as they may worsen join pain. Patients with lipedema should avoid sitting or standing for long periods and always try to build some form of exercising into their daily routine.

Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts care for patients throughout the United States and abroad. Locally, Dr. Byrd services the North Atlanta, GA area including Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you suspect that you suffer from lipedema, call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!