Why lose weight? Your health depends on it

Losing excess weight is essential to your health. Being overweight or living with obesity can lead to a shocking number of serious and sometimes fatal diseases, as well as reducing your ability to live life to the fullest.

Health benefits of losing weight

Put simply, the heavier you are the more likely you are to have High Blood Pressure.  In fact, obese people are twice as likely to have high blood pressure.

High Blood pressure means that your blood vessels are under immense pressure as your heart tries to pump blood around your body.  Over time this can damage your arteries, heart, kidneys and other organs and makes you more susceptible to having a heart attack or stroke.

The good news is that every kilo you lose can help to reduce your blood pressure and associated health risks.

High cholesterol means that there is an imbalance of fats (lipids) circulating in your blood stream.

Having high LDL (Low-density lipoprotein or ‘bad cholesterol’) leads to a buildup of plaque in your arteries – this means that it’s harder for your blood to get to the important parts of your body and it puts you at risk for heart disease.

While genetics do play a part in cholesterol, your diet is the biggest factor.  If you are overweight it might be because you have a high fat diet – this increases your cholesterol.  Being overweight also makes it more difficult to exercise and exercise helps to reduce cholesterol. 

By reducing how many saturated fats you eat, by reducing your weight and by exercising more, you can dramatically lower your cholesterol, and its associated health risks

Being overweight is the major cause of Type 2 diabetes. 

This occurs because fat cells are resistant to the effects of insulin, which control the amount of sugar in your blood.  High levels of sugar in your blood damages many organs.

Excess sugars can damage your heart, brain and kidneys, as well as your skin and eyes.  Type 2 Diabetes has serious, sometime fatal consequences.

Losing 15 kilos or more can totally reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

The gallbladder is responsible for the storage of the bile that is produced by the liver and is released, in response of food, particularly fats, into the small intestine.

If you are overweight you are more likely to have gallbladder function impairment and gallbladder disease.

Losing weight can directly reduce your gallbladder disease.  Also, eating more healthily, especially eating antioxidant-rich food, high fibre, lean protein and Vitamin B will help to reduce gallbladder problems.  FastFX is incredibly high in  all of these essential health food components.

Being overweight can effect your chance of getting pregnant and of carrying the baby to full term. 

The main reason is that being obese leads to hormonal changes.  Your fertility is dictated by your natural hormone levels and so being overweight can upset a woman’s menstrual cycle, meaning that your body may not product eggs regularly or produce eggs that are healthy.

This hormone imbalance can also increase your chance of miscarriage.

Obesity also decreases your male’s fertility.  Obesity in men leads to a drop in estosterone and contributes to erectile dysfunction.

Losing weight can improve all of these problems.  As you lose the weight the hormones begin to rebalance and your eggs and sperm become healthier.

Being overweight puts extra stress on your joints, especially your knees.  Joint replacement surgery may not be an advisable option for an obese person because the artificial joint has a higher risk of loosening and causing further damage.  This can mean that joints that are damaged due to obesity will remain damaged, limiting mobility.  This would seriously impact on your quality of life, as well as your health.

Losing even a small amount of weight has a large impact in reducing the impact on your joints.  Every kilo you can lose takes 2.2kgs of loaded weight off your joints.   This means that your joints will last longer and are able to move more freely.

Being overweight can seriously effect your sleep.  It is the most common cause of Snoring. 

Excess weight is often held around the neck which means that when you are lying down the airway is compressed.  Stomach fat can also cause the diaphragm to compress the ribcage.  This shrinks the volume of your lungs, which restricts airflow, which is essential to keeping the throat open as you sleep.  This can lead to heavy snoring.

 

Research has found that losing as little as 7.5kg can completely eliminate snoring.

For the same reasons excess weight can also cause Sleep Apnea (where people stop breathing for brief periods during the night, resulting in a poor sleep and exhaustion during the day).   In fact, 70% of people with Sleep Apnea are obese.  Sleep apnea has been associated with strokes and sudden deaths.

Studies have shown that losing only 10-15% of your body weight can half the severity of sleep apnea and its associated health risks.

Being overweight increases your risk of developing many different types of cancer. 

Woman who are overweight are almost four times as likely to develop endometrial cancer and overweight men are more likely to develop colon and prostrate cancer.

If overweight, you are twice as likely to develop esophageal cancer  (if you are extremely overweight that increases to four times as likely),  twice as likely to develop stomach, liver, kidney cancer and one and half times more likely to develop pancreatic and colorectal cancer.  If you were overweight you are also more likely to develop gallbladder, breast, ovarian and thyroid cancers.

One of the reasons that being overweight increases your risk for cancer is that excess weight puts your body into chronic low-level inflammation.  Over time this causes DNA damage that makes your body vulnerable to cancer. 

Another reason is that fat tissue also produces excess amounts of estrogen, which, when in high levels, can lead to breast, endometrial, ovarian, and some other cancers.  Fat tissue also produces a hormone that may stimulate or inhibit cell growth.  This means that cancer cells may flourish.

Losing weight addresses all of these risk factors – reducing your risk of developing cancers.

Being overweight almost always means that you will have excess fat around your liver.  This causes inflammation of the liver and if more than 5-10% of your liver is fat you have Fatty Liver Disease.  The liver is essential for glucose storage, blood clotting and to rid the body of toxins,  so overtime, damage to your liver can be fatal. 

It is called Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease because excess fat damages the liver in the same way that excessive, long term alcohol use can.  In its early stages you may not experience any symptoms but damage will be being done to the liver.  Losing weight before long term damage is done is essential.

The most effective treatment for Fatty Liver Disease is to lose weigh.  In fact, your BMI (Body Mass Index) directly correlates with the degree of liver damage.  The more weight you can lose, the healthier your liver.

Being overweight can cause reflux and heartburn.  The more overweight you are the more likely and the more severe you reflux will be.

Obesity causes reflux because excess fat puts pressure on the stomach.  This makes acid leakage from your stomach up into your oesophagus more likely.  Not only is reflux incredibly uncomfortable, but it can also lead to hernias, bleeding in the oesophagus and sometimes even cancer.

Losing weight directly correlates with a reduction in reflux symptoms and often can completely resolve it.

The heavier you are the more tired and lethargic you may feel.  This is because having to carry more weight requires more energy.  Imagine you had to spend the day carrying two large bags of potatoes and then got to put those bags down. Losing weight will make you feel much more energetic.

Being overweight can also reduce your quality of sleep, so that even if you are getting eight hours of sleep they may not be quality hours and you will wake still feeling tired.  Excess weight also puts more strain on your heart, which can make you feel tired.

Being overweight is considered a significant cause of erectile dysfunction.  There are several reasons for this.  Firstly, excess weight causes men’s testosterone levels to be low.  In men, excess stomach fat causes the body to convert testosterone into estrogen.  Testosterone is essential in causing and maintaining an erection.

Obesity also damages the blood vessels meaning that they can’t dilate normally, causing sexual problems.

Losing weight can help the blood vessels to heal and hormone levels to rebalance.  Being a healthy weight also makes it easier to exercise and helps you feel good about your body – both of which contribute to healthy sex life.

Being over weight increases your chance of developing depression.  The causes of this are complex.  In a culture which places a lot of value on appearance, people who are over weight are more likely to view themselves negatively.  Being overweight can also reduce exercise, quality of sleep, and positive social interactions.  These all negatively impact on your emotional health.  Excess weight also changes your hormones, which directly relate to your psychological state.

Obesity related health diseases can also contribute to depression.

Losing weight can make you feel better about how you look, increase your likelihood to seek out positive social interactions, and help you develop a more positive view of yourself.  Losing weight also helps create more successful sexual experiences and gives you better quality of sleep, both of which contribute to feeling happier.  Being able to exercise helps releases endorphins which increase mood.

Being overweight causes heart disease.  This is because fatty deposits build up in the arteries that supply the heart.  Narrowed arteries reduce the flow of blood to the heart which can lead to angina and heart attacks.  This build up (Atherosclerosis)  is present 10 times more often in obese people.

Losing weight directly reduces the chance of arterial build up and therefore heart disease.

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