Summer is just around the corner, but are you ready for swimsuit season? While looking great at the pool or on the beach is motivation some, your appearance isn’t the only reason to think about losing weight.
Being overweight can have serious long-term health consequences. It might even shorten your life expectancy by as many as 14 years. If you want to live a longer, healthier, happier life, losing a little bit of weight can help. Here are five of the best reasons to drop those extra pounds you’ve been carrying around.
Reduce your cancer risk. According to The World Cancer Research Fund, excess body fat contributes to about 20 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing breast cancer (especially for post-menopausal women), colon and rectal cancer, endometrial cancer, pancreatic cancer or cervical cancer.
Keep your mind sharp. Scientists are still studying the possible links between obesity and early onset dementia. Extra weight (or a buildup of adipose tissue) around the midsection in particular may put some individuals at greater risk. Overall, the evidence suggests that adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes losing weight can boost your brain function and help lessen the mental decline associated with aging.
Protect your heart. Obesity is a known factor in high cholesterol and high blood pressure, both of which can lead to cardiovascular disease. The more weight you carry, the harder your heart and lungs have to work. Keep your heart healthy for all the summertime fun you’re planning. Start losing weight now to lighten your load and help keep your heart strong.
Improve your mood. Being overweight can be a real downer. Evidence shows that excess body fat can contribute to depression. One study found that more than 25 percent of those who are obese (have a BMI greater than 35) suffer from serious mood disorders. Further, both the stigma of being overweight and the restricted physical activity typical of the condition can contribute to depression.
Enjoy working out. A lack of physical activity contributes to obesity, but being overweight can also limit the amount of exercise you’re able to do. And this can become a vicious cycle. If you’ve tried to lose weight but quit because you did not see quick results, then you know it’s hard to stay motivated.
Losing weight is never easy, but if you’re ready to commit to the process, call McCarty Weight Loss Center today. Jumpstart your weight loss process and get on the road to losing weight just in time for the summer.