Striving for a healthy weight can make you feel better and lower your risk for diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. So get started on a weight-loss plan today.
You don’t have to look far to get the message that weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight are important. Turn on the television or pick up a glossy magazine and you’ll be bombarded with the message that a lean body is beautiful.
That’s one superficial reason to set a weight-loss goal. But there are also many more meaningful reasons to work toward achieving a healthy weight, if you’re not there already. You’ll feel better and have more energy. You’ll also lower your chances of having high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and even conditions like sleep apnea. If you already have a condition like hypertension or diabetes, weight loss can actually lessen the severity of the disease.
And there’s even better news. You don’t have to look like a model in a magazine to get all the benefits of being at a healthy weight. Losing just 10 to 15 pounds can make you significantly healthier.
If you have extra pounds to lose, here’s why it’s time to start a weight-loss plan.
Healthy Weight: The Dangers of Being Overweight
Carrying around extra pounds can create a variety of health problems from causing your joints to ache to raising your risk for disease:
- Extra weight puts more pressure on your joints and can lead to arthritis.
- A diet high in trans fats and sugars and low in whole grains is more likely to damage your arteries and may contribute to heart disease. When you eat fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, and cut out foods high in sugar and trans fats (such as packaged baked goods and fried foods), you’re more likely to lose weight and lower your risk of heart disease.
- Almost across the board, people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight, and more than half are obese.
- Having more fat in your midsection — a waist circumference of more than 35 inches for women and more than 40 inches for men — can significantly increase your risk for metabolic syndrome, a group of factors that heighten your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. That’s because fat around your middle can lead to inflammation in the body, and inflammation increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, Kirkpatrick says.
Healthy Weight: Why Small Weight Loss Leads to Big Benefits
Losing just 10 percent of your weight can significantly lower your cholesterol and help improve blood sugar levels. It can also improve your blood pressure. Here’s what research has shown:
- Carrying around 10 extra pounds on your frame puts 30 to 60 more pounds of force on your knees every time you take a step. The good news: One study found that women of normal height lowered their risk of osteoarthritis in their knees by half for every 11 pounds they lost.
- A recent study of more than 2,500 people with type 2 diabetes found that those who lost an average of 23 pounds in the 18 months after being diagnosed had better blood sugar levels and better blood pressure readings four years later.
- Although sleep apnea (a disorder in which people stop breathing for prolonged periods when they’re sleeping) is associated with being overweight, experts say that losing 10 percent of your weight can make a significant improvement in the severity of the disorder.
After only two or three weeks of eating healthy, exercising, and managing stress you can have more energy, sleep better, and feel better physically and emotionally. Your ultimate weight-loss goal should be your health. When you make strides toward a healthy weight, you’ll feel better physically and emotionally, have a better chance of avoiding disease, and even live longer.
Are you ready to make a change to get healthy? Are you ready to start a doctor supervised weight loss program that really works? No shakes, no points, and no crazy exercise routines! Just a simple plan, supplements and 12 weeks are all you need to lose 10% of your current weight and change your life for the healthier!
To learn more about our new ChiroTHIN weight loss program, click here, or call our office today at (304) 263-4927 to schedule a appointment to start the ChiroTHIN program.
Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.