Most of us have our own reasons to lose weight. I am sure you have you own too. The most common reason is that we want to look good. For others, it may be for health purposes. To understand the benefits of weight loss, we should first look at what weight loss causes.
Medically, being obese can lead to diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart disease and even arthritis of the knees. Socially, it has been shown that obese people have lower self esteem and tends to be viewed as having less self control. Therefore the benefits of weight loss simply means reduce chances of having these illness. For some people who already have them, losing weight can improve the control of these problems and can even cure them of it.
Financially, being overweight also means that insurance premiums are higher and that certain diseases are not covered by the insurance. So the benefits of weight loss equals to saving more money.
Since we know the many benefits of weight loss, why then is it so hard to lose weight. There are many reasons, and being lazy is not the only reason.
Often, when a person diet and reduces the caloric intake, the body naturally reduces the caloric usage by decreasing energy expenditure. Often, the initial weight loss achieved is not sustainable and weight loss is eaily regained again. What then are the important strategies to losing weight. Believing that you can lose weight is one the most important of them lot. I will discuss them more in future articles, but you have to first believe that you can lose weight. Once you have gone past this barrier, losing weight becomes more of a walk in the park.
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