You may have read books or Internet sources about the importance of losing weight, but still find it hard to get motivated to actually start a diet. If you are on the fence about losing weight because the effort seems too great, use these five compelling reasons to help you get started on your diet and get to a healthy weight.
1. Decreased risk of heart disease
Heart disease kills about 600,000 people a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Being overweight or obese raises your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease. The next time you reach for a high calorie hamburger or dip your hand into a bag of candy, think about the fact that making healthier choices can help you lose weight and improve your heart health. As you make lower calorie choices, you will begin to lose weight and put less stress on your heart.
2. You sleep better
People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have sleep problems such as sleep apnea because of an increase in fat around the neck and chest, according to the National Sleep Foundation. When you lose weight, you may wake up more refreshed because you are able to sleep more soundly and breathe easier. Consult your doctor if you snore excessively or wake up in the morning still feeling tired because these can be signs of sleep apnea.
3. Fewer aches and pains
Although aches and pains often develop as you get older, your likelihood of experiencing joint pain or arthritis at a young age increases with added weight. When you lose weight, you put less stress on your joints and you may notice that you walk or move around more easily. A decrease in joint pain may make you more likely to exercise, which can help with your weight loss efforts.
4. Less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that is much more common in people who are overweight or obese, according to the Obesity Society. About 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes struggle with their weight. When you lose just 10 perfect of your body weight, you can reduce your risk of developing the disease or even find it possible to reduce your dependence on diabetic medications. However, never stop taking prescribed medications without your doctor’s approval.
5. Improved blood pressure
High blood pressure, which is more common in overweight or obese people, places stress on your heart and increases your risk of developing blocked arteries, experiencing a stroke, or having a heart attack, according to the National Institutes of Health. When you lose weight, your heart does not have to work as hard pumping blood through your body, which can lower your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure as you lose weight to monitor your progress.
If you are having trouble losing weight, use these five reasons as a way to motivate yourself and stay focused on your efforts. As you lose weight, you may find you’re your blood pressure improves, you sleep better, and you have fewer joint problems. Remember that the healthiest way to lose weight is by eating a wide variety of natural foods and getting regular physical exercise.