I've been reading the most recent edition of Fitness magazine and there was this one article that had me in amazed and inspired this post.
The Article was titled "Your weight-loss WAKEUP CALL" by Anna Roufos and I must admit, that title is perfect for this article. The article discusses how every pound you shed can lower your risk of various diseases.
If Americans would improve their diets, be more physically active, keep their weight under control (and not smoke), 90 percent of diabetes, 80 percent of heart disease and 60 percent of all cancers could be prevented, " says M.D. David L. Katz
WOW! That alone, makes me want to hit the gym.
Here's what I learned:
LOSING 5 TO 10 pounds will...
Cut your chances of developing Type-2 Diabetes in HALF.
Sidestep muscle strain and pain. For every pound you lose, there's a 4-pound reduction in the load on your knees, which may help prevent osteoarthritis.
Slash your heart disease risk.
LOSING 10 TO 20 pounds will...
Lower your breast cancer risk.
Reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure.
Make yourself happier. When overweight people start a diet and workout program, their mood improves significantly.
LOSING 20 TO 30 pounds will...
Slash your risk of ALL cancers. Not just breast--colon, endometrial, kidney and esophageal cancers too.
Spice up your sex life. When men and women in one study lost 11 percent of their weight, the number of people reporting dissatisfaction with their sex lives (low libido, feeling sexually unattractive) dropped by as much as 50 percent.
Sleep more soundly.
LOSING 0 pounds will...
(that'sif you don't have any weight to drop, then you should focus on maintaining it)
Boost your immunity.
Avoid the health risks of Yo-Yo dieting. Research suggestts that weight cycling may increase your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and gallbladder disease.
That has to be motivation enough for you to work on Keeping It Healthy.