If it isn't already obvious to you, there is a tremendous amount of benefits you can take advantage of by losing weight and although losing weight might not always be easy the long term effects brought on by weight loss could easily make anyone consider weight loss! The following points are a few major advantages you can look forward to with losing weight. of course some of these may be higher up on the "totem pole" for you, but all in all this is just so you can get a good idea of the positives available!
Weight loss is a huge prevention for keeping high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke at bay. It's a well-known fact that being over weight can lead to many complications including these three "diseases". These are prominent in both men and women, so it's not like just because you are a wo(man) you wont be effected by being overweight; because you will! Individuals who are overweight have a higher risk to have high levels of cholesterol in their blood stream as well as triglycerides (also known as blood fat).
Angina which is a type of heart disease causes chest pains as well as a decrease of oxygen pumped into the chest and to the heart. Sudden death can also occur from having heart disease, stroke or heart attack and in a lot of cases the problems aren't even prevalent and can happen with no warning signs! It's a simple fact that losing 5 to 10 pounds could decrease the chances of you developing or having heart problems.
How about diabetes? Did you know that by being over weight or obese you are putting your life in jeopardy for diabetes? Did you also know that an overweight person is more than 3 times more susceptible to diabetes than a healthier person? Now that's some scary stuff! if you already have diabetes you may be thinking "well I already have it and I'm already over weight, whats the point?" Well there is a point! Regular exercise and losing weight has been linked to controlling your blood sugar levels and could possibly lead to you not having to even be on medication! Exercising doesn't mean having to kill yourself on 20 mile runs. It means increasing your physical activity more than what it's at right now. If your sedentary, then you need to become more active!
The risk for cancer especially in the gallbladder, ovaries, breast and colon; for women is especially common. And for men? Colon, prostate and rectum! Extra weight, a diet high in fat and cholesterol should as much as possible be avoided. People that are overweight have really been linked to being more susceptible to cancer, it's true! Of course there are earlier studies done but, in 1985 a study by PubMed was done and the recourse was stated below:
"The study included 750,000 men and women followed for 12 years. Each person was given a weight index. Death rates for overweight and underweight persons were compared with rates for persons of average weight. Men who were 40% or more overweight had a mortality ratio for cancer of 1.33; women, 1.55. This ratio was much lower than that for coronary heart disease (men, 1.95; and women, 2.07); diabetes (5.19 and 7.90), and digestive diseases (3.99 and 2.29). Overweight men had significantly higher mortality ratios for colorectal and prostate cancer; overweight women had much higher rates for cancer of the endometrium, gall bladder, and cervix; and also significantly higher rates for ovary and breast cancer."
Really it takes but a few minutes a day and a truly sound mind to face up to the fact that you are overweight or obese and to really make a change, do something about it! It doesn't matter how you do it or how long it takes for that matter; the point is to make up your mind, and stick with it! Now a lot of people are under the assumption that in order to lose weight they will have to exercise like a crazy person and eat food that tastes like a cardboard box. You're sadly mistaken!
There are actually tons of different types of food out there that are good for you, that don't taste like a box, of course none of these items are cheeseburgers, french fries or shakes, but that's what got you into this mess to begin with! There are all kinds of websites you can visit for recipes, ideas for food, ideas for exercise and so much more! Really, if you took the time searching around for ways to lose weight you would be really amazed at the different types of products there are out there today between ebooks, groups, support boards, forums, Cd's, DVDs, pills, vitamins, etc, the sky really is the limit! Help is out there for you, the first step you have to take, is to realize you have a problem and do something about it!