There are times that we are on the fence about whether or not we should
(or have to) lose weight. It’s understandable to blame those now
non-fitting jeans on drying them in the dryer instead of air-drying, or
saying you’re are tired just because you had a long day at work.
However, what if weight gain is the underlying issue and weight loss is a
simple, albeit arduous, remedy?
Here are some, but not all, signs that you may need to shed some pounds:
Measure your waist: If you were
to measure your waist right now how would the measurements compare to
your waist size a month ago? 6 months ago? A year ago? Increased inches
in the waist is a good barometer for showing if you gained weight and
how much you may need to lose since fat has a propensity to go to areas
around our waist and midsection.
Your doctor’s visit didn’t go too well: Weight
gain many times is accompanied with other ailments and health
conditions. What was your blood pressure measurement when you visited
the doctor? Did your latest doctor’s visit show that your cholesterol
maybe high or you could be developing type 2 diabetes? Any of these and
more could be caused by weight gain, but the good news is weight lost
will also help these conditions almost immediately.
Ouch! That Hurts: Weight gain tends
to add strain to certain parts of the body, resulting in pain in those
areas. Body parts like the back, knees, and hips are the typical areas
that fall victim to aches and pains from weight gain.
It’s in the genes: Sometimes
ailments and medical conditions are passed down from generation to
generation. Decrease the chances of you getting those ailments by living
a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight.
Links: Cosmopolitan, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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