Being overweight or obese can have a serious impact on your health. Carrying the extra fat leads to serious health consequences such as cardiovascular disease, Type-II diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, and even some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon). Losing the extra weight can help eliminate those health problems and lower the odds.
Problems with Being Overweight or Obese
Excess weight affects your body in more ways than you think. Being overweight and obese may raise the risk for specific health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, reproductive and respiratory functions, emotional issues, hormone imbalance, etc.
It can also cause other problems such as:
Joint and back pain
Difficulty doing physical activity
Being overweight or obese can also affect the quality and length of your life.
Benefits of Weight Loss
A healthy weight is required for your body to work smoothly and efficiently for many years. Losing as little as 5% to 10% of body weight offers meaningful health benefits.
Losing excess weight can significantly:
Boost your energy
Improves heart health
Balances your blood sugar level
Better immune system
Stress may disappear
Reduces the risk of certain cancers and many more
As much as losing weight is important, it must be done in a healthy way. Some people follow dangerous ways to lose the excess weight such as following a fad diet, commercial detox drinks, consuming only one meal a day, taking supplements to lose weight, eating less than 1200 calories per day, consuming too much protein, and avoiding carbohydrate completely, etc., and these can have severe and unexpected consequences to your health.
A healthier way of losing weight includes a physician-guided balanced diet and exercise and tracking them. Maintaining your gut bacteria, getting a good night’s sleep, managing your stress levels, etc., are some of the healthy ways. The most important component of an effective weight-management program is not only losing the extra weight but also must include the prevention of unwanted weight gain from excess body fat.