There are literally hundreds of weight loss plans and programs available, but none of them have been created to be a gout reducing diet as well as weight reducing. As if losing weight on its own wasn’t hard enough, the issues presented by gout such as the foods you can eat without increasing the risk of a gout attack, and the attacks themselves can make things weight loss that much harder.
However, although it may be harder, it’s certainly not impossible and I’m here to help you get started. First you’ll first need to clarify a couple of points with yourself. Including, what your goal weight is, how much weight you need to lose, and how quickly do you need to lose that weight. Once you know the answer to these questions, you’ll be much better prepared to start making decisions regarding your gout weight loss plan.
The key to a gout reducing diet is to remember that you’ll need to be flexible enough to “work-in” only the foods that won’t increase the risk of a gout attack, and understand that there will be times that your plan will need to allow for appropriate exercise and other key lifestyle changes. This effort will require commitment, dedication, and willpower on your part.
To be sure that you’re ready for this, and to remind yourself of what is truly involved, ask yourself the following questions. Not only can you ask these questions before you even get going, but you can also print them out and keep them handy so that you can re-motivate yourself if you find that your drive to stick to it is slumping.
1. Do you understand your reasons for wanting to lose weight?
Are you losing weight because your doctor told you to, or are you trying to lose weight because you know that it’s right for you and you’re ready? Try making a list of all of the reasons that you want to lose weight and make a list of all of the reasons that you are happy with your current weight. Study them carefully and put the points in order of priority. When you see how important your gout reducing diet truly is to your health and your gout control, you’ll convince and motivate yourself much more.
2. Have you ever successfully lost weight in a way that you were able to maintain?
If you’re like the majority of people, you’ve tried to lose weight, and you were either unsuccessful at your attempt, or you were successful but you gained the weight back again. You’re going to have to decide to change your lifestyle so that you have control over your gout and your weight, and they don’t control you. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that you are ready to create a plan and then stick to it. This may mean speaking to your doctor and possibly a nutritionist or a physical trainer.
3. Is there anyone else in your life who is willing to lose weight with you?
If not is there someone you can depend on to support you throughout the entire process? The more support you can get, the better. People who lose weight alone need to have a great deal more drive and willpower than those who have others on their side do.
4. Do you know all of the different ways that you’ll benefit from a gout reducing diet?
Minimizing your gout symptoms is only the beginning. Losing weight will help you reduce the risk and severity of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other life threatening conditions, as well. You’ll also reduce your risk of many forms of cancers. Furthermore, you’ll look better, feel better, and have a great deal more energy than you had when you were overweight.
By asking yourself these questions, you’ll get to know why you’re starting your gout reducing diet, what your goals are, and gain more motivation to take the actions needed to reach your desired goals. Next, you’ll be able to start to develop your own specific diet including the right foods and recipes.