We all know a healthy weight makes us look great, but staying fit is more than skin deep. Maintaining a healthy weight is key to your overall health; each pound you are overweight can have big-time consequences inside and out.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy body weight benefits extend to mood elevation and greater mental alertness, as well as reduced chronic disease risk. Understanding the benefits of a healthy weight can help us make better choices.
Get better Sleep
According to a 2012 study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, belly fat interferes with lung function, leading to breathing issues like sleep apnea. In another study, overweight participants who ate right and exercised for six months slimmed down and improved sleep. Drop some pounds and you’ll sleep like a log.
Energy To Burn
Do you down diet soda and coffee to fuel your day? Getting your weight in check might give you extra energy to enjoy time with your family, go hiking with friends and live life to the fullest. Less weight means less energy on your body’s behalf to move around plus oxygen is more efficiently utilized.
Decrease Your Chances Of Heart Disease
Studies show maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk for chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. In the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, middle-aged women and men who gained 11 to 22 pounds after age 20 were up to three times more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and gallstones than those who gained five pounds or fewer. (1. NIH, N.H.L., and Blood Institute November 29, 2010.)
If you are overweight, you may be able to lower the risks of heart disease and some other conditions by losing just 5 to 10 percent of your weight over six months.
Lower Breast Cancer Risk
The Prevent Cancer Foundation says being overweight can increase your odds of breast cancer by 30 to 60 percent. Abdominal fat is particularly dangerous; it can increase your risk by 43 percent. Yet another reason to get your weight in check.
Most adults of reproductive age (18-49), gain 1-2 pounds each year (1), and if you’re trying to conceive, the extra weight may be hurting your chances. It is estimated that 12 percent of infertility cases are because of weight-related issues. And that’s not just from being overweight, It’s equally important to make sure you’re not underweight.
How To Lose Weight Safely and Effectively
So you’ve made the decision to achieve a healthy weight. But how do you get there? How do you make sure THIS TIME IT WORKS? Yo-Yo diets, crazy gym schedules and lack of guidance are not factors that will lead to success.
Losing weight is not always easy, but it could be easier. Whether you are trying to lose 5 or 500 pounds, getting REAL expert advice, guidance and help to overcome obstacles can make an impactful difference in your experience and long term success.
HealthBridge is home to the Thin-Site program. A program developed by Dr. David Edelson, one of the nation’s top doctors in Obesity Medicine. This program can help in so many ways, including removing barriers to your weight loss by determining why you gained it in the first place. Utilizing the latest medical breakthroughs and natural therapies, we will help you lose weight safely.
No Time is Better to Start Than Right Now.