If you suffer from Osteoarthritis (OA) and you are overweight you know how important it is to lose weight. The load that excessive weight puts on your joints is extreme and it only causes your arthritis to worsen.
If you have just been diagnosed with arthritis and you are overweight, how do you approach weight loss? Do you just put yourself on a diet tomorrow and stick to it until you have reached the correct weight for your body? And, which diet should you use?
Any smart physician would agree that you have to consider everything that is going on in your life right now. Are you heading into the holiday season when weight loss will be difficult? Do you have an unusually high amount of stress in your life? Is there a big event coming up in your family such as a wedding?
These are all factors that weigh on your decision as to planning weight loss. You do not want to tackle weight loss at a time when external factors are going to affect your efforts. You need to approach weight loss in a calm and thoughtful manner. And, once you get started you need to have the willpower to succeed.
Which weight loss program should you use? There are countless numbers of weight loss programs available to you. Just to the bookstore or search on the internet and there are a wide range of diets, suggestions, plans and actual diets that you can use.
How do you know which program is best for you? Ask any of your friends who may have used a program how it worked for them. And, if buying a program from the internet, read the reviews very carefully.
There is no perfect diet for everyone. What works great for one person may not work well at all for someone else. You have to go after the program that you think will be a good fit for you; stay with the program and watch it go to work.
Your arthritis will only get worse if you let excess weight take control of your life. This is an important part of managing arthritis and one that will benefit you in the long run.