Losing even 10% of your body weight can have a very positive effect on your system.
Losing weight is not easy but there are some really good reasons to keep on trying.
Reason 1: lower blood pressure High blood pressure is really hard on your blood vessels especially the tiniest ones called capillaries. There are certain areas of your body where there are many capillaries such as the retina of your eyes, your kidneys, your brain, your heart, and your lungs. When you have high blood pressure these areas can become damaged leading to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Needless to say high blood pressure also know as hypertension is not a good thing. Losing even a little weight brings your blood pressure down.
Reason 2: lower bad cholesterol There is a good type of cholesterol and a bad type. Too much bad cholesterol causes your arteries to lost their elasticity or stretchiness which in turn causes high blood pressure. Too much bad cholesterol also causes plaque to build up on the inside of the arteries and this can block blood flow to parts of your body. When this happens that part of your body dies. This can result in heart attacks where part of your heart dies or strokes where part of your brain dies. By reducing your body fat you reduce your bad cholesterol.
Reason 3: reduce high levels of blood glucose (associated with diabetes) You really don’t want high levels of blood glucose or blood sugar. This can lead to diabetes which in turn can lead to blindness, organ failure and even death. Losing weight is a good start at getting your blood sugar under control.
Reason 4: reduce sleep apnea Sleep apnea causes snoring – loud and persistent snoring! It leaves you tired and sleepy during the day and it bothers the person who sleeps with you at night, keeping them awake. It can leave you feeling like you are choking when you wake up. It also causes acid reflux in your throat when you try to sleep. All of this disruption to your sleep can make it hard to concentrate when you are awake. You become forgetful and you and your family and friends may notice that you exhibit personality changes and/or mood swings.
Reason 5: decrease depression Losing weight can help you feel less depressed because you feel better about yourself, have more energy, are more apt to engage in social situations and are able to do activities that you could not do before.
Reason 6: decrease the risk of osteoarthritis of the weight-bearing joints For every pound a person is overweight, three to five pounds of extra weight is added to each knee during walking. Extra pressure is put on all of your weight bearing joints increasing the risk of osteoarthritis. This painful disease can cause pain and swelling in the joints of your body greatly reducing the quality of your life.
Reason 7:increase self-esteem As much as we may not want to admit it, we do feel better about ourselves as we shed unwanted pounds. It’s great to fit into those pants or see a thinner self looking back at us in the mirror. As unfair as it may be that our society views being overweight negatively the fact remains that we will feel better about ourselves when we thin down.
Set small goals to start and reward yourself when you meet them. (ex: a manicure, a new book, a trip to the movies or rent a video) What ideas do you have for rewarding yourself? Start losing weight today!