Why is maintaining a healthy weight so important?

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Often, I am posed with the question, why is maintaining a healthy weight so important? The simple side of me says, “to look better and feel better not only physically, but emotionally as well.” However, the fact of the matter is, 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. Maintaining a healthy weight can also relieve symptoms and prevent injuries related to being overweight. The problem that most people have is, they don’t know enough about appropriate diets, exercise and especially their own bodies to improve their health. Well I’m here to tell you that it is never too late to learn how to be healthy.

There are several factors that can affect your efforts to lose weight. These can include making changes to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle. There are tools and tips that can keep you on track if only you take the time to seek them out and learn how to help yourself.  In addition, you should know what not to do as well. Changing the way, you approach weight loss can help you be more successful at losing it. Most people who try to lose weight focus on one thing: weight loss. However, if you set goals, begin to eat healthy foods, become more physically active, and learn how to change behaviors, then you may be more successful at losing weight. Over time, these changes will become routine and part of your everyday life.

Just like you would any other major task you take on, you must first get some background knowledge. Learn your body and some of the important components that go along with losing weight.  Begin with knowing and understanding your Body Mass Index (BMI) and body fat, what it does and how much is healthy to have. Get familiar with different types of cardiovascular exercises as well. Choosing activities, you enjoy doing can help you begin to love your workouts. And while enjoying your workouts is important it is also equally important that you change it up a bit and push yourself a little harder with every workout. Include some resistance and weights in your routine as well. You should know that building muscle can help burn fat.

Finally, talk to your doctor before you begin a new plan, especially if you have health concerns. Ask questions so that you can make informed decisions and proper choices towards a healthier lifestyle. If you are not comfortable starting on your own seek out a trainer to guide you. They can help you customize a program and safely monitor your progress. Keep in mind, even small changes can make a big difference in your health.

 

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