02 Mar Weightloss is Not a Vain Affair
Everyone aims to lead a better quality of life. Did you know losing weight can do just that? Weight-loss doesn’t just have to be about vanity, but about making a healthier, happier you. Today we will cover the most important health-related reasons to lose weight.
According to the CDC, more than 34 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. That is crazy! That is almost 10% of the entire US population. What’s worse, is that we are the cause of our own problem. Over-indulgence in sugary items and bad-eating habits lead to type 2 diabetes. Most people develop prediabetes before it ever turns into Type 2. If you are prediabetic, then it’s time to act now to turn it around. Losing weight, cutting out junk food, and maintaining an active lifestyle will help you to get back into the diabetes-free safety zone.
- Feet & Joint Pain
Less weight is less pressure on your joints and bones. Nothing makes us want to put our feet up and rest more than aches and pains. While not all pain stem from being overweight, it sure can make a difference when you take off a mere 5% of body weight. Shedding pounds makes every step that much easier. Not to mention, it decreases your chances for developing osteoarthritis, which causes pain and stiffness in joints. Joints and cartilage become worn down from carrying excess weight, which can lead to immobility as you get older. Starting a weight loss plan now will set you up for a longer, more mobile life down the road. Your feet will thank you and so will your joints.
- Heart Disease
Most doctors recommend patients make it a priority to lose weight when the scale tips past the over-weight point with good reason. Heart disease is the leading cause of death within the US. For this reason, it makes sense for doctors to put so much emphasis about maintaining proper weight. Obesity can cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar, all of which greatly increase the risk for heart disease. Carrying extra weight causes your heart to work harder to pump blood all around your body. That extra strain on your heart can lead to arrhythmia, chest pain, heart failure, heart attacks, and even sudden cardiac death. Losing 5% of your current weight can help to improve blood flow, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
- Sleep Apnea
Everyone relishes in a great night’s sleep, however that sleep can become disturbed and even dangerous for the obese. Fat cells stored around the neck and chin can compact the area around the airway and effect breathing when sleeping. While snoring can be an annoyance to others who must listen to it, sleep apnea can venture into a dangerous zone. Weight-loss can reduce neck size and inflammation, relieving such sleep problems.
- Fatty Liver Disease
Our liver is the largest solid organ in our body. It has a big job to do, from sorting all the things that go into our body to riding it of toxicities, we rely on it to keep us going. Since we only have one of these, it’s important to keep it in good shape. One way to do this is to keep our fat content low so that we don’t develop fat build up within the liver, otherwise known as fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease can lead to liver scar tissue, severe liver damage, and liver failure. Unlike liver’s that have been abused by alcohol, fatty liver disease only develops from high fat levels. Lowering body weight can improve your liver and can somewhat reverse the disease
There are so many health reasons to lose weight. Dropping pounds is not all about developing an ideal figure, it is about maintaining yourself to live a long, happy life. With weight comes several complications. Make your life easy by leading a healthy lifestyle that can prevent bad conditions from developing down the road. Losing weight can be difficult to start, but we are here to support you through your journey and in the long run you will be better for it.