Lose the weight or lose a decade!
Sorry to be so scary and blunt, but carrying excess weight isn't good for your life expectancy.
Losing weight can have many positive effects on your health, which can contribute to a longer and healthier life.
However, it's important to approach weight loss in a balanced and sustainable way, so don't go on a restrictive diet, but focus on long-term healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
If you need convincing of why losing weight will help with living longer, then take a look below and give me a call if you want to develop healthy eating habits that lead to long-term weight loss.
Reduced Risk of Chronic Diseases: Excess weight, especially around the abdomen, is associated with an increased risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and hypertension. Losing weight can help mitigate these risks.
Improved Cardiovascular Health: Carrying excess weight can strain the heart and lead to conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Losing weight can reduce these risks and improve overall cardiovascular health.
Improved Insulin Sensitivity: Losing weight, particularly around the abdominal area, can improve insulin sensitivity, reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes or helping manage it if it's already present.
Reduced Joint Stress: Excess weight puts extra stress on the joints, especially those in the lower body. Losing weight can alleviate this stress, potentially reducing the risk of joint-related problems like osteoarthritis.
Better Respiratory Function: Carrying excess weight can make it more difficult to breathe and increase the risk of conditions like sleep apnea. Losing weight can improve lung function and decrease the severity of these conditions.
Improved Mental Health: While not directly related to lifespan, losing weight can improve mental health by boosting self-esteem, reducing symptoms of depression, and enhancing overall well-being.
Enhanced Immune Function: Obesity has been associated with reduced immune function. Losing weight can help improve the function of your immune system, making it more effective at fighting off infections and illnesses.
Better Quality of Life: Losing weight can lead to increased mobility, improved energy levels, and an overall better quality of life, which can contribute to a longer, more fulfilling life.
However, it's important to note that extreme or rapid weight loss methods can have negative consequences and may not lead to better health outcomes. That's why I don't ask clients to count calories, cut out food groups such as carbohydrates or substitute food for supplements or meal-replacement drinks.
It's crucial to focus on sustainable, balanced approaches to weight loss, such as a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Additionally, it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet or exercise routine, especially if you have underlying health conditions.
If you believe you need that extra bit of help, especially if you are a busy midlife woman, then get in touch and book your free call with me.