So, you might feel like you’ve put on a few pounds over the past couple of years. You may have developed a fuller figure through overeating, not exercising enough or simply by putting your weight loss agenda on the back burner as other issues have encroached on your life.
However, there is no better time to get back on track than the new year. Forget about signing up for an expensive gym membership, purchasing expensive superfoods and trying to fit into your size two dress. You need to put your health at the heart of your weight loss motivations. Take a look at the sorts of health benefits you could be welcoming into your life if you can shift the pounds.
If you lose weight, your body fat will inevitably diminish around your joints, leaving them to feel less stress and pressure whenever you move. Your knees, hips, and elbows work hard whenever you walk or move. By relieving some of the strain on these joints, you can maintain a solid amount of cartilage meaning that your joints don’t rub together causing inflammation, pain, and potentially, osteoartritis.
Type 2 Diabetes
Nine out of ten individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are obese. This means the chances of developing the disease are diminished significantly if you choose to lose the muffin top and be less sedentary. Forget the sugar-laden snacks that can send your insulin production into overdrive and opt for dried fruit, nuts, and whole grain low calorie snacks instead.
If you are already developing type 2 diabetes, it’s vital that you seek out a diabetes management scheme with a medical professional. Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to remain chronic. By losing weight, you may even be able to reverse the condition altogether through a regime of diet and exercise. By losing weight, your glucose tolerance will increase and your body will produce insulin in a regulated way once again.
If you are carrying some extra weight, the chances are that your heart is under added pressure. Being overweight means that you may be eating foods that can increase the cholesterol deposits within your arteries leading to an increased risk of heart attack and heart disease.
High blood pressure can be caused by sleep apnea which is caused by obesity. Being overweight may not directly link to heart disease, but the chances are that your weight issues may have a domino effect resulting in poor heart health. Extra weight means extra inflammation which means your heart is working much harder to help you move, eat and even sleep. This can cause heart failure at a young age. Be sensible and lose the weight gradually leading to a healthier cardiovascular system.
Losing weight isn’t easy otherwise everyone would be doing it, and they’d be no overweight people in the world. Start slowly and aim to lose a pound a week. Don’t think about training for a marathon or entering into a tough mudder just yet. Go for walks, eat more vegetables and banish the candy to help you shift the pounds. Before long, your heart, joints, and pancreas will thank you for it.