By: Emily Bihm
If you ask almost any woman, many will agree they feel they could stand to lose 5 or 10 pounds, whether it’s true or not. It could be they want to “get ready” for bikini season or perhaps they have to wear an unthinkable bridesmaid dress. Regardless of the social situation, most of the reasons we hear have to do with superficial motivations like the aforementioned. What many of us may not realize, though, is that we should lose some weight for health reasons. If you have any of the “symptoms” listed below it may be time to consider losing a few pounds to help better your health.
You are constantly tired: Excess fat can often cause internal inflammation. This can lead to extreme fatigue and makes even the simplest tasks (like walking to the mail box or doing housework) seem much more difficult than they should.
You have tender spots: That same internal inflammation may also cause various parts of the body feel tender to the touch (very similar to bruising).
Exercising feels uncomfortable: As the old saying goes, a body in motion tends to stay in motion; while a body at rest remains at rest. If exercising is painful or does not seem natural, your body is having trouble adapting to the motion. Once you get into a routine of working out you will naturally feel comfortable doing it as well as wanting to do it.
You snore and wake up feeling groggy: If your body is storing excess fat around the neck, this can cause sleep apnea. This is a condition where irregular breathing upsets your sleep. Losing weight will help by removing the extra neck jiggle…allowing you to breathe better.
You’re hungry all the time: If you find yourself always wanting to eat even though you are eating plenty, this could be a sign of one of two things. Either you are eating unhealthy foods which are not providing the nutrients your body needs, or you may have a more serious condition such as diabetes which is causing your body to not process sugars the way it should be. If you feel that you may be at risk, consult your physician.
You have high blood pressure and/or cholesterol: If you are using medication to regulate these numbers, try losing weight instead. This will help you naturally bring the numbers to healthy levels without becoming dependent on pills.
You have lost family members to cancer: The presence of excess fat is also known to increase the production of hormones, especially estrogen which can lead to tumor growth and breast cancer. Losing weight is not a guarantee that you will never get cancer, but it certainly lessens your risk.
You have pain in your back, knees, or hips: When you carry extra weight it puts pressure on your joints and the muscles supporting them. This can be very painful and lead to less mobility. Losing weight will help alleviate this pressure and allow the joints to function freely and properly.
While this is not an exhaustive list of symptoms caused by being overweight, it gives you an idea on what may actually be the root of your health problems. Always consult a physician before beginning any weight loss program. Remember you are beautiful the way you are, but being healthy is always the most important thing.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Since graduating from college two years ago, Emily has been working as a waitress at a local breakfast restaurant. She enjoys writing and reading in her free time and hopes to have her own column in the future. She loves music, watching Netflix, spending time with friends and loved ones, and walking her dog Ollie.