10 Reasons To Lose Weight This Year!

Today’s society seems to be obsessed with thin people. Models, actors, and musicians seem to be getting thinner by the day to a degree where some are alarmingly svelte. It seems to be ironic, however, that on average, the population is gaining weight at an equaling alarming rate. It’s no secret that stress, fast food, and sedentary lifestyles all contribute to our increasing levels of obesity.

Those that need to lose weight generally want to do so for their health and their self-image but don’t have clear, concise reasons why they want to do so other than that they simply want to look and feel better. Since a specific goal calls for a specific plan, here are ten of the most important reasons that overweight persons should consider as factors in their decision to lose those extra pounds:

Heart Disease

Next to smoking cigarettes, obesity is the number one cause of heart disease, the leading killer in the United States. Particularly dangerous is abdominal weight, which greatly increases the onset of heart disease.

Diabetes

The America Diabetes Association asserts that those that have sedentary lifestyles, over 45 years old and overweight are at a much greater risk to developing Type II diabetes, also known as non-insulin dependent or adult-onset diabetes.

Arthritis

Particularly dangerous to women, osteoarthritis can be cut by up to half by losing as little as ten pounds. Adult men can significantly reduce their risk of developing gout by dropping weight.

Longer Life

Simply reducing calories may increase LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels and raise HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels and even slow the age rate in both humans and animals as long as the reduction is at a healthy rate and not so much to cause malnutrition.

Cancer

Though a direct link has not been fully established, studies confirm that populations with increased obesity rates consistently have increased cancer rates even when all other variables are taken into consideration.

Blood Pressure

Research has shown that losing as little as ten pounds in addition to decreasing sodium consumption by 25 percent can effectively lower blood pressure levels to the point where medication is no longer needed even if the patient had been on it for years before.

Cataracts

A recent study confirmed that heavier men are at a much higher risk of developing cataracts than their lighter counterparts.

Increased Energy

It’s no secret that losing weight can make you feel lighter because you are lighter. Think about it like this: when you are just 16 pounds overweight, that is the equivalent of forcing your body to carry around two bowling balls 24 hours a day.

Feeling of Well-Being

Nothing is more satisfying that making a goal and obtaining it. Especially when it has such a positive impact on your life in so many other areas.

Enjoy Life

Play with your kids and your pets without becoming winded quickly again. Enjoy the outdoors. Play sports and pick up new hobbies. Enjoy being the new you.

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