The Bad News
Medical evidence shows that obesity poses a major threat to health and longevity. Excess body fat is linked to major physical threats like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
If you're obese, it takes more energy for you to breathe because your heart has to work harder to pump blood to the lungs and to the excess fat throughout the body. This can result in high blood pressure and erratic heartbeats. Clinical studies have found a relationship between excess body fat and the incidence of cancer. Body fat is thought to be a storage place for carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals) in both men and women.
There is also a delicate balance between blood sugar, body fat, and the hormone insulin. Excess blood sugar in the body is converted to fat. As fat cells become full, they tend to take in less blood sugar. In some obese people, the pancreas produces more and more insulin, which the body can't use, to regulate blood sugar levels, and the whole system becomes overwhelmed.
The Good News
The good news is that reducing body fat reduces the risk of disease. For people with a family history of heart disease, an active lifestyle can slow or stop the process in the majority of cases. Studies have shown that regular exercise and a low-fat diet can even reverse the heart disease process.
Evidence also shows that an active lifestyle is associated with a reduced risk for some types of cancers: prostate for men, breast and uterine cancers for women.
In addition, regular physical activity and a low-fat diet are successful in treating non-insulin dependent diabetes for some patients. In general, regularly active adults have 42% lower risk of developing non-insulin dependent diabetes.
The truth is… in the end, most of us gain weight!
As we age our metabolism is also slowing down, causing the body to work less efficiently at burning the fat it has. At the same time, if you don't exercise regularly, you lose a pound of muscle each year. Consequently, people are not only increasing their body fat stores, increasing their risk of disease, but they're also losing muscle, increasing the risk of injury, decreasing activity performance, and further slowing down metabolism.
The Answer: Healthy Eating and Physical Fitness
Healthy weight loss through the use of the SWELTER sauna suit as part of an active lifestyle and balanced diet have been found to lower health risks and medical problems in 90% of overweight patients, improving their heart function, blood pressure, glucose tolerance, sleep disorders, and cholesterol levels, as well as lowering their requirements for medication. Fit people are also eight times less likely to die from heart disease.
So, are you willing to be patient and make gradual changes in your life that will lead to a healthier, happier you?