You might want to lose weight to look and feel good. Losing weight will significantly improve your health and wellbeing, so it’s also about becoming healthy. Be realistic we’re not all meant to be supermodels or body builders, so aim for a goal weight you can live with, for good. If you lose just 5-10% of your weight and keep it off for a year, you will have significantly improved your health and lowered your risk of weight related diseases, and you’ll look and feel better. So, yes, you may ultimately want to get down to a size 10 or have the buff football player body you had 10 years ago, but success comes in small steps. Begin with a realistic short term goal. Achieve that and then review things from there.
YOUR PHYSICAL WELLBEING
Your body is an amazing machine hut it needs your help and your respect. If you are overweight or obese, you have an increased risk of heart disease, heart failure, stroke, osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fertility problems, sleep apnea, gallstones, stress incontinence, some cancers (such as colon and breast cancer), pregnancy complications and high blood pressure. Being overweight or obese is also associated with overall poor health, a reduced quality of life and a shorter life expectancy.
Losing weight has many health benefits. If you achieve a weight that is healthy for you, you will:
- reduce your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and a range of chronic diseases
- achieve a healthy blood pressure
- lower your LDL cholesterol levels
- stabilize your blood glucose and insulin levels
- have fewer medical expenses and require fewer (if any) medications
- be around to see your kids grow up…and your grandkids.
Type 2 diabetes
diabetes is a disease where your body doesn’t use insulin properly or becomes insulin-resistant Over time, Type 2 diabetes can lead to kidney disease, blindness, stroke, heart disease and circulatory problems (potentially leading to gangrene and amputation.
YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING
Another possible effect of being overweight or obese is an increase in psychological problems and negative social experiences (such as discrimination). If you lose weight, you will:
- improve your self-esteem and confidence
- reduce the likelihood of depression
- feel more energetic
- radiate vitality
- look and feel fabulous