Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis in which there is long term inflammation of the joints of the spine. Typically the joints where the spine joins the pelvis are also affected. Occasionally other joints such as the shoulders or hips are involved. Eye and bowel problems may also occur. Back pain is a characteristic symptom of AS, and it often comes and goes. Stiffness of the affected joints generally worsens over time.

People suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis are often gaining weight. Lowered physical activity means they are often excluded from countering that with exercise (more sports) since the pain prevents them from doing so.

Is there a better option than relying on (pain inducing) exercise to maintain or loose weight when someone has AS?

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    Welcome to HealthSE, Bugfixer! Please take the tour and read the help center. Currently this is phrased a little too much like a request for personal medical advice, which is off-topic here. With an edit, guided by How to Ask you may improve this question. Make it more general. Share your prior research. Feb 5 '18 at 14:59
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    The premise that you can lose weight through exercise is generally incorrect. Feb 5 '18 at 19:41
  • Exercising actually has very little effect on weight loss. A hard session of jogging and weight lifting for instance, can burn as little as 300 extra calories. You can remove 300 calories (and more) much easier by eating less. Feb 7 '18 at 15:54

To answer your question, Yes. You can focus on boosting your metabolism since you can't freely do sport.

To answer the person that downvoted my answer, we can see that boosting one's metabolism is a commonly used concept in approved Health SE sources. E.g. based on this article on WebMD:

Can you change your metabolism? Yes. Whether you're born with a fast, average, or slow metabolism, there are things you can do to speed yours up or slow it down.

Source: Boosting Your Metabolism - https://www.webmd.com/diet/tc/boosting-your-metabolism-topic-overview

Here are some suggestions which I've put in application in my own life. Hope it helps somebody out there.

Intermittent fasting:

The idea is to extend as much as possible the fasting period around your sleep. E.g. to give myself as an example, I eat two times per day, once at noon and once at 6PM, fulfilling complete meals.

Some research shows that intermittent fasting works. In one study, overweight adults who cut calories by 20% every other day dropped 8% of their body weight within 8 weeks. They also had less inflammation.

Source: https://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/intermittent-fasting

Drink green tea/coffee throughout the day

In a small study, green tea appeared to raise metabolic rates and speed up fat oxidation.

Source: https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/19991128/green-tea-boosts-metabolism-protects-against-diseases#1

Improve the look of your abs with the vacuum exercise rather than crunches:


Helps strengthen the core and definitely improves the aesthetics of the abs.

Some other readings:


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    You can't "boost your metabolism". Feb 5 '18 at 19:40
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    Welcome to Health.SE. We encourage reputable, written sources, and youtube is not considered one of them. Take a look at this collection of quality sources
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    @Narusan-in-coma Thanks for the feedback. I have removed the previous sources and added other sources from the approved list of sources.
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    Feb 5 '18 at 20:19
  • @WadihM. Just to clarify: that list is not a canonical list of "approved sources". they are most often an indicator of quality but then also not to be trusted blindly. Think of them as "strongly preferred". You have to evaluate everything yourself. It is merely a starting point for you to choose from, (and maybe even add to), if you compare them with what you come across. Sources vary in their quality and you might find poor info from sources on that list as well, although that should be rare. Browse around on meta for more. Feb 5 '18 at 21:11
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    Btw +1 for editing in adherence to site standards alone ;) Feb 5 '18 at 21:21

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