An enormous number of short and long term health benefits can be achieved with even 5 - 10% weight loss although even greater health benefits can be achieved if enough weight can be lost to return from being overweight or obese to a healthy body mass index range.
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Having high BMI or Being overweight or obese increases your risk for many diseases and conditions. The more you weigh, the more likely you are to suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, and certain cancers.
On the other hand, a healthy weight has many benefits: It helps you to lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you to feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.
Benefits of Healthy weight - Healthy BMI range
1.Reduces blood pressure
2.improves cholesterol levels
3.Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
4.Lowers death rate from all cause cancer and diabetes
5.Improves lung function in asthma
6.Recues osteoarthritis related disability
7.Improves blood sugar control
1.Have more energy
2.Increase in confidence level
3.Feel fresh and rejuvenated, no tiredness
4.Fit into different clothes
5.Do more with family
Below are few benefits arises once you lose weight and come under healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) range
Relief from your Discomfort
When someone has to carry around extra weight, the likelihood of being active drops. Losing even 5 to 10% of your body weight will aid in lessening various aches and pains associated with not being active. The extra weight causes more strain on the joints, bones and muscles, causing them to work harder than normal just to move around.
Less weight on these portions of the body will allow them to work more efficiently and reduce damage.
Losing weight won't prevent you from developing cancer, but it can greatly reduce the possibility of developing certain forms of cancer. Women who are overweight are more likely to develop uterine, gallbladder, ovary, breast, colon and cervical cancer. Men can also benefit by lowering the likelihood of developing prostate, colon and rectal cancer.
Prevent bone diseases like Osteoarthritis and Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is an affliction of the joints in the body and the extra pressure that is placed on them because of excess body weight can lead to this condition. By maintaining a healthy body weight, this crippling disorder can be easily prevented before it even starts. Along with a healthy diet and exercise, the joints of the body will carry less weight and suffer less damage over time.
Improves social connections and mood
Doing right by your body pays off for your mind as well. Eating a healthy diet as well as exercising can lead to a better physique, so you may also feel better about your appearance, which can boost your confidence and self-esteem. The American Council on Exercise reports that the short-term results of exercise include decreased stress and ability to think better.
It's not just diet and exercise that lead to improved mood. According to a study published in the American Journal of Health Behaviour, another healthy habit that leads to better mental health is making social connections. Whether it's volunteering, joining a club, or attending a movie, communal activities help improve mood and mental functioning by keeping the mind active and serotonin levels balanced, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.
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We've all experienced the energy drop that comes from eating foods high in sugar and saturated fats. When you eat a balanced diet including whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables, your body has the fuel that it needs to manage your energy level.
Exercise helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and gets your cardiovascular system working more efficiently so that you have more energy to go about your daily activities. It also helps boost energy by promoting better sleep helping you fall asleep faster and deepening your sleep.
When you practice healthy habits, you boost your chances of a longer life. The American Council on Exercise reported on an eight-year study of 13,000 people. The study showed that those who walked just 30 minutes each day significantly reduced their chances of dying prematurely, compared with those who exercised infrequently. Looking forward to more time with loved ones is reason enough to keep walking.
In another instance The Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development, which has studied the global economic impacts of obesity, says that for every 33 pounds of excess weight, the risk of death increases by about 30 percent. They estimate that the lifespan of an obese person (that's anyone with a BMI of 40-45) is up to 10 years shorter than that of a normal-weight person.
Improved Heart Health
The higher your weight is, the harder your heart has to work, even when you are at rest. Even a small amount of weight loss can increase the amount of blood going to vital organs, while allowing the heart to work more efficiently. Maintaining a healthy body weight places less strain on the heart and reduces the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and angina (severe pain in the chest).
Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that looked at nearly 15,000 otherwise healthy Korean adults with no known heart disease found that people with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 25 were more likely to show signs of early plaque buildup in their arteries when compared to normal-weight people. This caused researchers to conclude that, even though these people may have been metabolically healthy at the time of the study, their weight was probably still starting to have negative consequences on their health.
According to a 2012 study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, losing weight especially pesky abdominal fat can help you log higher-quality sleep. Fat, and particularly belly fat, interferes with lung function. It becomes harder for the lungs to expand because fat is in the way." And since breathing issues can lead to nighttime problems like sleep apnea.
Decreased Risk of Diabetes
For people who are overweight, even minor weight loss is associated with delaying-or preventing-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
It is well documented that people who are overweight are at a greater risk to develop Type II Diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, losing weight may allow you to better control the Diabetes. If don't have this form of Diabetes, being proactive and working toward a healthy body weight will lower your risks of developing Diabetes in the future. In some cases, after losing weight, along with the other benefits of maintaining a healthy body weight, the Diabetes may be controllable through diet as decided upon by your doctor.
Decreased Breast Cancer Risk in women
Being overweight can increase your odds of breast cancer by 30 to 60 percent, according to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Abdominal fat is particularly dangerous; it can increase your risk by 43 percent.
Increased Fertility in women
The ideal weight-as far as fertility is concerned-is a BMI between 20 and 24, say fertility experts. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine actually estimates that 12 percent of infertility cases are because of weight-related issues (with roughly an equal number of people suffering from infertility being overweight and underweight).
Your weight can affect your periods and ovulation so if you're not at healthy BMI range then your fertility can suffer.
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