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Shedding Pounds to Relieve Joint Pain

By Stephen R. Farris

Did you know that pain you are feeling in your joints might not be from arthritis? Unless you've been injured, the pain may simply be the result of having a few extra pounds that can put undue stress on our joints.

Usually, those extra pounds start to affect our knees, ankles, and feet the most. This can also lead to back and hip pain as well.  

However, there are ways to reduce those aches and pains by simply changing up your diet and maybe putting in a little exercise to assist in dropping a few of those unwanted pounds.

The best way to get started is to come up with a game plan, set some goals. So let's take a look at a few things that you might consider to help you get started and on the way to being more pain-free.

Cutting Calories

One way to shed excess weight is to take in mind how many calories you are consuming on a daily basis. Usually, the less calories you safely consume on a regular basis can contribute to weight-loss. A good way to measure your calories is to keep a daily journal. Not only will the journal help you keep track of calorie intake, it can also provide you with incentive to keep going. Especially if you add in each week how much you have lost.

Start Small

Maybe the worst thing folks do when start a weight-loss program is to make drastic changes. However, if you want better results from dieting, start by reducing the amount of portions you consume at mealtime. It's better to start small than diving in head first and eventually giving up.

No Need to Punish Yourself

Let's face it. When we diet, we sometimes give in to those "cheat" meals. And when we don't see positive results at the end of the week because we decided to eat pizza, grab a burger at a fast-food chain, or hit an all-you-can-eat buffet, we tend to punish ourselves. But studies show this is normal, as long as it doesn't happen on a regular basis. We have to be compassionate about our progress, be kind to ourselves. Eventually we will be back on track and move forward with our goals of losing weight and becoming pain-free in the process.

Remember, if you are feeling aches and pains in your joints, back, or neck, visit your local chiropractor to get relief. They can also provide you with exercise and nutritional tips and suggestions to help you along with your fitness goals.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.

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