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Lose Weight—Improve Your Health at Any Age!

Jun. 6, 2014|770 views
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It's no secret that many women (and plenty of men) would like to lose a few pounds. It's a near-constant obsession for many women. Most ladies I know want to look their best. Some figure they'll feel better, maybe even have a little more energy. If only they can shed a few pounds.

Well, new research shows that losing weight at any age can have a significant impact on your longterm health. It's not just about looking, or even feeling, good. I mean, sure, those benefits are likely. And they're—well—nice benefits. We all want to look and feel our best. But losing weight could also be a matter of life or death. Literally.

According to a new study published recently in the highly respected medical journal, the Lancet, the longer one is overweight in adulthood, the worse the cardiovascular outcomes later in life. In other words, carrying around excess body fat increases the likelihood that you will have thickening in the walls of your arteries, higher blood pressure, and a higher likelihood of diabetes. All of these are cardiovascular risk factors. People with greater risk factors are more likely to develop serious heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.

Researchers followed a group of British men and women for six decades, monitoring their weight over the years, and assessing their cardiovascular risk factors in the sixth decade of life. "Our findings suggest that losing weight at any age can result in long-term cardiovascular health benefits," said lead author Professor John Deanfield, from University College London. Dropping one BMI category—from obese to overweight, for instance—at any point in adult life, even if it was temporary, was linked to a significant reduction in heart disease risk later in life.

Think about that. Even if you lose weight, and then regain it, you will not have failed. You may be disappointed or discouraged. But you will also have improved your longterm health outlook. Of course, losing weight and keeping it off is even better. But any weight loss, no matter how temporary, is beneficial, according to this landmark study.

Tags:  exercise, weight loss, heart health