This is a guest post all about the benefits of losing weight (and not just for cosmetic reasons).
Weight loss has always been a popular topic for many. The one thing that a lot of us are interested in is the benefits. Whether it’s for our health or appearance, we know it is something that will lead us to having more self confidence and live a better lifestyle. But the question is how much do we really know? Let me explain the importance of some of these benefits.
How we breathe plays a big role in weight loss, and is a great benefit to our health. Your body is responsible for removing close to 70% of bodily waste products in the form of carbon dioxide. If you’re not breathing properly, you are not releasing enough toxic material. Adding a healthy breathing routine will help make fat melt away. In order to start breathing better, you would have to inhale for about five seconds.
Improved breathing will result in better metabolism to burn off fat and help with our emotions that lead to food cravings. When we are depressed, we tend to crave everything and anything. If we could program our bodies to breathe more properly, this can be eliminated.
Engaging in exercise would become much easier through proper breathing. And though it may seem difficult at first, you will find it will come more naturally overtime and you will be able to exercise over a longer period of time.
Less Risk of Developing Degenerative Disease
Weight Loss helps reduce your risk of several chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and type II diabetes. Researchers have said that exercise at any age is beneficial to help ward off diseases and we should be doing at least 1 hour a day.
Regular exercise strengthens your heart muscles, lowers blood pressure, and reduces bad cholesterol. Losing weight can help control your blood sugar levels, and may even reduce the amount of medication you need. Reducing your weight by 5-10% can decrease your chance of developing heart disease or having a stroke. Dropping excess pounds can reduce the risks associated with a heart attack. These diseases ultimately kill a significant amount of people each year, and can be decreased through a weight loss regimen that includes a proper diet, and better nutrition.
Better nutrition means cutting out the processed food from your daily food intake. Foods that are high in saturated and trans fat clog up arteries, thus leading to heart disease. Increasing your fruit and veggie intake will help keep things moving along in your body, improve your immune system, and keep your weight down.
Other Benefits of Losing Weight
Some other benefits for weight loss are increased energy levels, reduced blood pressure, improved mobility, better sleep and waking up more rested, reduced aches and pains, and prevention of angina (chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart).
Most of these problems can be diminished through regular physical activities, which help lead to weight loss. Just think about this for a second: one hour of your day can make you that much healthier in the long run, so it’s more than worth the effort. Too much is taken for granted in life, but our health is definitely one of those things that just shouldn’t be.