In the United States, almost 6 out of 10 men and 5 out of 10 women are obese or overweight, and 25% of adults are overweight. Being obese or overweight increases risk of developing serious diseases like coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Obesity can also affect one’s quality of life and lead to psychological problems, such as low self-esteem and depression. Ideally, it is much better to avoid becoming overweight by exercising regularly, eating healthily, and maintaining this throughout life.
Hundreds of weight-loss programs, fad diets, and outright scams promise easy and quick weight loss. Nevertheless, the foundation of successful weight loss remains an increased physical activity combined with a calorie-controlled healthy diet. For successful, long-term weight loss, one must make permanent changes in one’s health and lifestyle habits.
Losing weight is challenging for everyone, be it shedding a few pounds or 100. The most apparent sign of weight loss is a trimmer body. But there are many significant changes that one cannot see, including any of the following.
Reduced knee pain. An additional pound a person carries places around four pounds of stress on the knee joints. For someone who weighs 150 pounds and is 10 pounds overweight (and should weigh 140 pounds), those ten extra pounds add 40 more pounds of pressure to every step the person makes. But that same person would be relieved of 30 pounds of pressure with a total body weight loss of 5%.
Improved sleep. People who are overweight can have obstructive sleep apnea, a condition of poor-quality sleep depicted by many pauses in breathing all through the night.
More self-esteem. For some people, weight is linked to self-esteem. When their weight reduces, they feel better about themselves, interact more with others, and feel good about life.
Extra energy. The more weight one gains, the harder one’s body has to work to move. Doing so involves more adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — the molecule that supplies energy to the cells. When someone loses weight, they use less ATP, so they have more energy for the things they want to do.
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