Being on a healthy body weight can significantly reduce risks of several chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, bone diseases and depression. Maintaining a healthy body weight can make you feel fit, healthy and improve overall quality of your life.
“Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip.”
Arnold H. Glasgow
There is nothing known as an “ideal” body weight, what works for some one else will not necessarily work for you. However, one can strive to have a healthy weight, meaning a weight which reduces your risk for health problems. Majority of the people rely on the scales, body mass index (BMI) or their inches to know if they are healthy weight-wise. Though these tools are good indicators but a healthy weight is not only about numbers, it is more about a healthy lifestyle – eating healthy and effective exercise regimen.
Usually being overweight is the result of overeating but in some cases it might be a symptom of another medical problem ranging from hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, prescription drug use, essential fatty acid deficiency, organ disease, blood sugar imbalance and stress.
If you are overweight, losing the excess baggage will do a big favour to your health and life expectancy. Overweight people are prone to having heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cholesterol, angina, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, some kinds of cancer. Just losing 10 percent of your current weight can make you feel the difference as improvement can be seen in functioning of the heart, blood pressure and cholesterol.