Unless your doctor told you about caloriesperhour.com, you probably found our website because you wanted to lose weight to look better. But whether it's your goal or not, you will likely end up being healthier, too. Both now, and later in life. Research has shown that even a modest amount of weight loss can make your later years healthier years.
Weight loss has been shown to decrease the pain associated with osteoarthritis, a complex, degenerative joint disease of the knee. Both the American College of Rheumatology and the European League Against Rheumatism recommend weight loss and exercise to reduce the painful and incapacitating symptoms of this affliction.
As for diabetes, if you have pre-diabetes or fasting blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, you can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association states that just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity, coupled with a 5-10% reduction in body weight, can produce a 58% reduction in your risk of actually getting the disease.
Similarly, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends a 10% weight loss and 30 minutes a day of exercise to reduce the risk of heart disease. For overweight people this can lower elevated blood pressure, and lower elevated levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (the lousy kind), and triglycerides. And it can raise low levels of HDL cholesterol (the good kind).
So eat a little less, move a little more, and you'll not only look much better, but you'll be healthier. Now, and later.
Megan Porter, RD