There is no doubt about it – there are great benefits, both physically and emotionally, to be had from losing weight. Though losing weight is not an easy task, the long term effects brought by it would certainly improve anyone’s life after shedding those unwanted and unhealthy pounds.
The following are just a few of the remarkable advantages from losing that excess weight:
Being overweight makes you much more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, strokes or heart disease.
These alone make up three very good reasons to get that excess weight off. It has been shown by research from across the USA and the UK, that the most prevalent cause of high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes are caused by problems directly associated with obesity. Being overweight can mean that the level of fat being carried around your body in your blood can be massively increased. The fat gets deposited and can cause clogging of the major arteries of the body, including the heart and brain. This in turn can bring on heart attacks and strokes.
Sudden death also occurs from heart disease and strokes, and these can strike with very little warning, signs or symptoms.
If you can manage to decrease your overall weight, even by as little as 5 to 10 percent, your chances of having heart disease, strokes or long-term raised blood pressure will also be dramatically reduced. Your life expectancy will increase, and that has to be good news to anyone!
Diabetes can be caused by being overweight.
Although it is a common disease, diabetes should not be taken lightly. There are many far reaching problems throughout the body that are caused by this illness. Being overweight can lead to type one or type two diabetes.
Losing weight and getting some regular exercise can help you if you already suffer with diabetes. Increasing your fitness can help keep your blood sugar levels steady, but do discuss any new fitness or diet regime with your primary healthcare provider.
Do a little more exercise each day. Even just going for a steady walk (or run if you are a little fitter) will help your fitness levels improve, but please do build up slowly. When you get that blood pumping it will help you to burn of those unwanted pounds.
Weight loss helps reduce your risk for cancer.
There are a number of female cancers that are more prevalent if you are overweight. Cancers such as breast, ovary, uterus, colon and gallbladder have all been shown by scientists to be much more common if you are carrying a fair amount of extra weight.
Men too are more prone to certain cancers if they are overweight, such as cancer of the colon, rectum and prostate.
Improve sleep apnoea by losing weight.
This condition causes you to temporarily stop breathing during the night, before continuing to snore (generally loudly!) afterwards. Obvious side effects are daytime drowsiness due to lack of sleep, but on a more serious note, the condition can actually lead to heart failure if you are overweight.
Reduce your weight, reduce your pain from osteoarthritis.
When carrying extra weight, the strain on your joints can be multiplied by two or three times. These joints, particularly the knees, hips and lower back, need to carry you around for many years, so it is vitally important to look after them as much as possible. Although osteoarthritis is a painful disease, weight loss can make you much more comfortable in terms of pain, and can keep you more mobile for many years to come.
Everyone knows deep down that it is not in their best interests to stay overweight, but the reasons shown above are clear indicators of just how vital it is to try and keep the weight off. Whatever your age, it’s never too late to start a new way of living.