How much weight loss to make a difference?

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   Posted 9/21/2012 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been experiencing GERD symptoms fairly consistently for at least 6 months. I'm 5'9" 180 pounds. I've been trying to manage it as naturally as possible (no more garlic veggie pizza, etc...). I've read that weight loss is supposed to be one of the lifestyle changes that helps. I know I could stand to loose a few pounds, but I'm wondering how much is weight loss is needed to really make a difference in reflux symptoms. Is it 5, 10, 20 lbs, etc? I'm trying to decide if it's even worth it (especially with the holidays coming up :-)) Thanks.

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   Posted 9/22/2012 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that may be down to individual variance and you can probably only answer that by trial yourself!

I never tried to lose weight because my BMI was normal, even though I weigh 5 Kg more than before kids. I'm trying now to trim down a little bit to see if it changes my reflux symptoms - I'll let you know! Have only lost 1 Kg so far .....

New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

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   Posted 9/22/2012 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I lost 14 pounds and my gerd improved. Losing stomach fat is the best way of getting rid of gerd. Also exercise is the most important aspect of gerd recovery. I want to lose 10 more pounds to completely eradicate gerd from my

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   Posted 9/22/2012 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the inputs. I could definitely stand to loose 10 pounds especially since I carry nearly all of it in my belly. Think I'll start with that and see if things improve. if it seems to help it might be an insentive to not go crazy durning the holidays like I usually do. Will let you know how it goes too.
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