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                                The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Being overweight not only looks unsightly and makes you feel less attractive it also poses a far greater risk, a risk to your health. Therefore, there are many reasons why it is important that you maintain a healthy weight by eating well-balanced meals and getting regular exercise. Being overweight has been linked with many conditions affecting not only our physical health but also our mental health. Studies have shown that those people who are overweight and don’t get regular exercise are more at risk of developing depression than those that exercise on a regular basis and eat a well balanced and varied diet. Experts have agreed that the more overweight a person is, then the more likely they are to suffer severe health problems, however, once the person takes steps to start losing weight and changes their lifestyle, then the percentage starts to drop. If you are overweight then even just by losing a few pounds you can begin to reduce the increased associated risks to your health and make improvements. You should definitely consider losing weight if you are overweight and any of the following conditions apply to you.

If there is a history in your family of certain chronic diseases - people who have relatives with heart conditions or diabetes have been known to develop these conditions if they are overweight.
There are any pre-existing medical conditions - high blood pressure, high cholesterol and levels of high sugar are all signs of illness due to being overweight.
Having an apple shape - if you carry more weight around your stomach then you are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, some forms of cancer or developing heart problems.’
Illness associated with being overweight

·Problems with the gallbladder, especially gallstones
·High blood pressure
·Developing certain types of cancer
·Developing diabetes
·Developing gout
·Developing problems with breathing such as sleep apnea.
·Chest problems such as asthma or bronchitis

Gallbladder problems
Although it is not clear why, being overweight can have an effect on the gallbladder, gallstones are a very common problem in someone who is overweight and causes severe problems with those who are obese.

Heart disease
If you are overweight you are twice as likely to suffer from high blood pressure which is a major factor in heart disease and strokes. Being overweight can lead to angina, pain in the chest caused by a decrease in oxygen to the heart and stroke.

Being overweight has been linked to type 2 diabetes which is a known contributor to heart disease, blindness and reduced life expectancy.  People who are overweight are twice as likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes as those who are of normal weight.
Hints For Simple Fat Loss

Losing fat shouldn’t be as hard as many people try to make it. People who are desperate to lose fat are often prone to take more risks (something that I try to help you avoid). The truth is that with some basic principles you can make some serious progress toward fat loss without any major effort. Often a client will come to me looking for some hints that will help them shed some weight quickly. I am always happy to tell them my “secret” tips that are always surprisingly effective. In fact, many people have found these tips to make an easy ten pound difference as they get started on a new program. You might thing that these suggestions are really hi-tech or mysterious, but in reality, they are basic principles that I’ve seen successful over and over again. Here they are.

Avoid “white” food. This includes white breads, pastas, many cereal products, and even cracker-type snacks. Think about some other white things too like flour, potato products, rice, and even processed milk and cheese products. Some white foods that are OK for you to eat are cauliflowers, fish, and chicken.

Ditch the sodas and other drinks that have calories, sugar, or even artificial sweeteners. I don’t want you to drink much coffee either. Creamer? No. It’s white, isn’t it? I want you to take in at least half the weight of your body in ounces of water. This means that if you weigh 250 pounds, you should be consuming 125 ounces of water every day. This will be essential for getting the fat loss process in gear.

I’ve already taken you off white products, now you need to do away with wheat products. I don’t care if the package says “whole wheat” on it or not: it has to go. Check the ingredients of everything you’re eating and if it has wheat in it, don’t eat it.

These three rules are pretty easy to follow, aren’t they? Sure, you’ll have to adjust your habits a little bit, but it really won’t be very hard once you get started. If you consistently adhere to these hints, you will be surprised at the progress you make in just a couple weeks.

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