Up to 2 million Americans are living with rheumatoid arthritis, and as many as 18 percent of them are overweight or obese. Besides the normal health risks of obesity, carrying around extra pounds puts more stress on already painful joints. That’s why it’s very important to lose any extra weight you’re carrying and maintain a healthy weight once you reach your goal. Here’s the tricky part: Though weight loss can help reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, dieting can be very difficult. This is especially true if you’re taking corticosteroids to ease your pain because a side effect of these drugs can be increased appetite. Here are seven steps to help you take control of your weight.