Extra weight we carry can cause extra wear and tear on our hips. Weight loss alone will not make hip pain go away, but it may help you delay or avoid surgery.
If you need hip replacement surgery at some point, losing weight first will make your surgery safer and your recovery easier.
Losing and regaining weight is a frustrating cycle that many people repeat over and over again.
Look at your eating habits to figure out your patterns. Ask yourself:
These tips can help prevent overeating:
Along with eating less, you may need to learn to eat healthier foods:
Every day, find something to change about your diet. For example, find out how many calories you're saving by not grabbing an extra cookie or by choosing a food that is fat-free or sugar-free.
Focus on making one change at a time. Pick a behavior you are strongly motivated to change.
Every day, find something in your diet that you can change. For example:
If you eat well most of the time, don't beat yourself up if you slip up some. And if you do gain some weight, go easy on yourself. Think about what you will do if you slip up. How will you get back on track?
The healthiest way to lose weight is slowly and steadily. Develop healthy eating habits you can stick with over time. Look at managing your weight as a long-term process.
Besides diet, you should also focus on exercise and healthy activities. You can join a gym, or have a walking or hiking partner that make sure you exercise regularly.
Know that it takes time to make and maintain changes in your lifestyle.
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