5 More Reasons to Lose Weight
Looking lean might be motivation enough, but here’s what else you’ll gain from every pound shed. No matter what your end-game is, I can safely bet that you’re still wanting to lose weight. Of course, this is easier said than done. No matter how many plods around the neighborhood, sweat-soaked gym sessions and classes that make your heart beat out your chest, your flab remains as stubborn as ever.
For some, motivation plays a key role and for others, a lack of equipment. But what if I told you there were even more benefits than just banishing your blubber?
- Boost your testosterone
Getting fat reduces your testosterone levels. A five-point increase in your BMI equals the same drop in testosterone as 10 years of ageing, with a drop in libido and loss of muscle.
- Cut your cancer risk
Every five-point increase in BMI ups your chances of developing renal cancer by 24% and your risk of stomach cancer by 50%. Aim to keep your BMI between 20 and 25.
- Lower your blood pressure
Every 2.2 pounds of fat you lose equals a 1.05mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure. Being 7lbs too heavy means an 11% higher risk of heart failure.
- Defend your joints’ future
For every 2 pound increase in your body weight, your risk of developing arthritis (painful joint swelling) is raised by 9-13%.
- Avoid developing diabetes
Gaining 11-18 pounds makes a person twice as likely to develop diabetes. A high ratio of fat cells to muscle cells makes the body’s insulin response less efficient.