It’s not just a matter of looking better, it can be a matter of saving your life and health. Take a good look at these health statistics as they relate to obesity and get motivated to lose those pounds! Although not always a direct cause of disease, being overweight can aggravate many health conditions. Those extra pounds make your body work harder when moving around, make your heart and digestive system toil away and can even affect your mental health.
Statistics show that those who maintain a weight anywhere from 25% underweight to 5% overweight for men and 15% underweight to 15% overweight for women have the lowest death rates in the 20 to 69 age bracket. You can start a plan for longer, healthy living with just the loss of a 10 to 20 pounds.
Cancer of the breast, uterus, ovaries, gallbladder and prostate tend to be higher in people who are overweight. That’s really scary! Although researchers are not sure of the reason, this should be great motivation to drop that belly fat. And speaking of, it seems that belly fat, in particular, is the most dangerous. That spare tire around the waist is a risk factor for having high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. It may be because this fat is more metabolically active and located closer to the effected organs than fat on the rear or thighs.
Cardiovascular disease is a major risk factor for the overweight. Just carrying an extra 20 pounds puts stress on the heart. Add to that the tendency for the overweight to have higher blood cholesterol levels and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
Joints are overworked and wear out faster with greater weight. Lose those pounds and you knees and hips will thank you!
Gallstones and other gallbladder disorders are increased by about double for those who are 20 percent or more overweight. Diabetes is also much more common in those with extra weight.
This is all quite frightening, but realize that there is something you can do
about it starting right now! The fastest, surest way to start losing weight and keeping it off is to eat a balanced and healthy diet and increase exercise. The more calories you burn the faster the weight comes off.
Analyze your daily food intake and make a few changes to start cutting the calories. Focusing on a diet high in fiber, vegetable, fruits and lean meats will get you off to a great start. Good health and a slimmer body can be achieved!
To Your Success,
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