How Reducing Pounds Equals Reducing Years
In many countries, no health issue is more emotionally charged than weight gain. There have been studies done on the emotional causes and underlying issues of weight and weight gain. Sadly, in the USA, obesity is an epidemic. We just have to look at the surplus of diet books and the news stories regarding eating disorders to feel the concern. Still, despite the abundance of data on emotional causes, diet, nutrition, and the health problems linked with being overweight, Americans have been getting increasingly heavier.
Obesity ages us to a high degree only if we have one or more of its consequences: diabetes, disordered lipid levels, sleep apnea (troubled breathing while asleep), arthritis, and the two most popular, changed self-image and high blood pressure. Hence, obesity itself is not a great ager unless it is accompanied by these side effects. Regrettably, over 80 percent of people having a body mass index of over 35 have at any rate one significant side effect. When you suffer the side effects, dropping off the extra weight is an excellent way to give your real age makeover a shot in the arm. Let's see the benefits:
- Bringing down blood pressure: up to 25 years younger
- Cutting down the risk of arthritis: up to 6 years younger
- Bringing down lipids to a normal level: up to 6 years younger
- Cutting back the risk of diabetes: half a year younger for every year you have rock solid control of blood sugar and blood pressure
- Trimming down the risk of sleep apnea: 3 to 9 years younger
- Increase in physical activity: 3 to 9 years younger
- Fending off negative body image: up to 32 years younger
There are ways to losing weight in order to gain the real age benefits. Fad diets are not the answer. Slimming down and maintaining it is no easy task. You should love the food choices you make to stick with them for life. The only method to control your weight and its effects is to alter behaviors at the most basic level: weight loss and maintenance of the ideal weight are profoundly tied to healthy eating and physical activity behaviors that are applied for a lifetime.
The usual way to compute your ideal weight is to find out your body mass index (BMI) or your weight-to-height ratio. Though the BMI is among the best tools for evaluating whether or not a person weighs too much and is valuable for the majority of us as it reports variances in body size, giving a criterion for measuring people at a range of heights, it is not very useful in young body builders or athletes. The BMI also doesn't offer the best possible measurement of body fat.