Hey I’m far from being a health nut and I never really got deep into the health issues of why lose weight, but some things really hit home when it comes to eating well and living a healthy lifestyle.
Maybe you need another reason to justify why lose weight?
You see, I know a Big Mac is over 500 calories (and almost half of that is fat!) and I know that pizza and a cold one is not always the best food choice, but I believe in moderation and I know that abstaining from these “pleasures” once in a while would only give me cravings – and that is not a good thing.
Chances are you probably already knew that too, right? I mean people are pretty informed about calories, and sugar, and fat content in food. And these reasons why lose weight are pretty much common knowledge as well :
- increased risk of heart disease
- shorter life span (how many obese octagenarians have you seen?)
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- diabetes (over 80% of people with diabetes are overweight)
- increased risk of cancer
- increased risk of arthritis and asthma
- hypertension and cardio-vascular disease
- problems with joints
- and on, and on…You can read more detailed information on the health effects of obesity and why lose weight from the American Heart Association website.
Yet despite that, 65% of adults and 15% of children are overweight or obese! I featured a video by Dean Ornish in a previous post on why lose weight but today I want to share one more reason that you may not be aware of.
A recent report from the Cenegenics Medical Institute, provides another reason why lose weight. It refers to a few studies that show a correlation between visceral (belly) fat and brain volume. While there is no conclusive evidence yet that a big belly is related to increased risk of Alzheimer’s, the studies do show a relationship to decreased cognitive ability and significant risk of dementia!
So maybe if all the other reasons why lose weight weren’t enough for you – perhaps you will be motivated by this one!
Personally, I kind of like the thought of retaining my cognitive ability, thank-you very much!
So what does the question why lose weight have to do with living with purpose and living fulfilled?
Well, we all decide what our purpose in life is. We all decide what it is that we need to do to live a fulfilled life. We all will be our own judge of that in the end.
I recently met someone who had lost 60 pounds and was aiming to lose 50 more because he absolutely wanted to skydive! He was motivated to reach the maximum permissible weight to jump out of a plane…Hey, whatever works, right? He was living with purpose and he was taking action.
So the question is, if living healthy is something you plan on doing someday when you have the time or the money, but you just never seem to get around to. Ask yourself this – if you were to look back on your life, would you regret not having done things that you can’t do because you are overweight? If the answer is yes, then what are you waiting for? What is your reason why lose weight?