If you ask your heart, or back, or joints, the most important reason to lose weight is for your health, not your looks. So consider looking better a major perk of weight loss — not to mention great motivation. Your clothes will fit better. Your self-confidence will soar. You may even dress better. But your whole body, from the inside out, will celebrate your weight loss!
Let’s look more closely at how weight affects your body.
The heavier you are, the harder your heart has to work. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, the pathway to heart attacks. In addition, the heart disease risk factors of high blood pressure and cholesterol are more common in people who are overweight and obese. Those same risk factors also increase your risk for stroke. The good news is the Framingham Study shows that each 10 percent decrease in weight reduced coronary heart disease by 20 percent in men. And when your heart is healthy, every part of you works better!
Consider this scary fact: Gaining just 11 to 18 pounds doubles your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Over 80 percent of people with diabetes are overweight or obese. But even modest weight loss — about 10 pounds — combined with increased activity, can reduce your risk for diabetes and improve blood sugar if you have diabetes. If you do have diabetes, losing small amounts of weight also can reduce the amount of medication you need to regulate your blood sugar levels. Overall, managing your weight is the best thing you can do to prevent the development of diabetes.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor. The biggest risk factor for back pain is carrying extra weight. The more out of shape you are and the heavier you are, the more stress you put on your back. One of the best things you can do to prevent and eliminate back pain is to lose weight and strengthen your abdominal and back muscles.
For every two pounds you gain, your risk of developing arthritis increases 9 to 13 percent. But symptoms of arthritis do improve with weight loss. Patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 25 are more likely to develop osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear arthritis, than those with a lower BMI. Your knees and hips especially take the brunt of excess weight and will thank you for losing even 10 pounds.
Yes, weight even affects cancer risk. Being overweight and obese can increase your risk for cancers such as colon, gall bladder, prostate, kidney and endometrial, cervical, ovarian, and postmenopausal breast cancers. In fact, obesity and being overweight are clearly associated with doubling the risk of kidney cancer in men and women. And postmenopausal breast cancer risk also doubles with being overweight.
Weight Loss for Life
In addition to the “biggies” mentioned here, being overweight also can cause a host of other problems including sleep apnea, fatigue, breathlessness, sleeplessness, varicose veins and even rashes and warts! Obviously, being overweight is anything but jolly. That’s why today is the day for you to start losing weight and getting healthier.
A simple, healthy way to lose weight is having Reliv’s Slimplicity® Weight Loss System on your side. With a delicious meal replacement shake, Accelerator capsules to curb your appetite and rev metabolism, an exercise and food journal, online support, and a pedometer to track your 10,000 steps a day, you have all the tools you need for a slimmer, healthier new you.