We’ve all heard how being overweight can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and joint problems. But did you know it can also lead to cancer?
Doctors have known for a while that there was a link between obesity and some cancers. Now researchers have specific numbers to match up with obesity-related cancers.
The report from the American Institute for Cancer Research says excess body fat causes:
- 49% of endometrial cancers
- 35% of esophageal cancers
- 28% of pancreatic cancers
- 24% of kidney cancers
- 21% of gallbladder cancers
- 17% of breast cancers
- 9% of colorectal cancers
While being obese raises your risk for cancers, it also makes treatment for cancer more difficult with lower survival rates.
Scientists believe excess estrogen released by body fat may be behind some cancers such as estrogen-receptor positive breast cancers. Increased body fat also can lead to increased levels of oxidative stress an inflammatory compounds in the blood, which can cause DNA mutation and abnormal cell growth, as seen in many cancers.
Good News: Every Pound Lost Makes a Difference
OK, now for the good news. You know losing weight can help you feel better and look better. Even a little weight loss makes a big difference. So why not start your plan to lose weight today?
To get you started, bite off little chunks. If you’re overweight, losing just 10 percent of your body weight can reap many health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar and reducing your heart disease and cancer risk. So if you weigh 200 pounds, all you have to do is aim for a 20-pound loss to gain a healthier body.
What’s more, losing just 10 percent of your weight is easier to achieve than setting a larger goal up front — so you’re more likely to succeed. And that weight loss success could just motivate you to keep going with even more weight loss and health results.
Helping Healthy Habits Stick — So Pounds Don’t
One way to create long-term weight loss success is to focus on behavioral goals. When you work healthy habits into daily life for a few months, they tend to stick — so pounds don’t. Try these:
- • Eat a healthy breakfast every day.
- • Take a walk every day for at least 30 minutes.
- • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- • Eat more lean protein and high fiber foods.
- • Minimize unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates in your diet.
- • Drink more water to fill you up and keep your metabolism running efficiently.
More Wise Weight Loss Moves
To move the scale faster, based on your current weight, eat about 10 calories per pound. Mindful, high-protein snacks can help you control hunger through the day so you don’t binge at dinner. Then just weigh yourself weekly to monitor trends. Before you know it, you’ll see the numbers — and your waistline — decreasing!
Another way to shake off the weight in a steady, healthy way is with Reliv’s Slimplicity® Weight Loss System. A delicious Slimplicity meal-replacement shake fuels you with essential nutrients, while the complementing Accelerator capsules boost energy, burn fat and control your appetite. With the Slimplicity Starter Kit, you’ll also get a handy pedometer to encourage walking, and a food and exercise journal. Adopting healthier habits, along with partnering with Slimplicity, creates a powerful combination to keep disease at bay while you look and feel better than ever.