Worried About Being Overweight? Here Are 9 Ways To Get Rid Of Extra Weight Easily.

Your body weight is an important indicator of your well-being. If you are above or below the ideal weight then it could be cause for concern. In the modern day and age where it has become fashionable to binge on junk food and alcohol, it should come as little surprise that the number of overweight people is constantly on the rise. While there is no perfect body weight and it depends on a number of factors - gender, height, age, level of physical activity, genetics, to name a few – there are useful indicators that have to be carefully considered. One could be forgiven for thinking that it is not a big deal being overweight. What difference do a few pounds make, right? Well, wrong! Being overweight could lead to obesity which in turn puts you at risk for a number of grave diseases, something we shall touch upon later in this article. If we are to look at it from a United States Centric view, then it becomes even more worrying. It is estimated that a staggering 160 million people in the United States are either obese or overweight. To put it in perspective, America has only 5 to 6 % of the global population but is home to 13 to 14 % of all the overweight and obese people in the world!

But before, let’s take a look what this article will be about:

What is the meaning of being overweight?

Simply put, the meaning of being overweight is being over and above the ideal weight as the name suggests. What is the ideal weight? As already mentioned, this depends on a number of factors. The BMI (Body Mass Index) is the gold standard when it comes to an evaluation of whether your weight is ideal. It is a measure of body fat which accounts for your height and weight, depending on whether you are an adult man or woman.

The BMI range is as follows:

➔< 18.5 – Underweight

➔18.5 to 24.9 – Normal weight

➔25 to 29.9 – Overweight

➔30 and above – Obesity

As the range above shows, a BMI of 25 to 29.9 would make you overweight as per this measure. Now the BMI just like any other measure has its limitations, but it is a great tool nonetheless and the most widely used for this purpose.

Why Are You Overweight? Causes and Risk Factors.

There are a whole host of factors which could cause you to be overweight. It is virtually impossible to list all of them, but here are some of the most common causes:

Poor diet

This is perhaps among the most obvious causes. The adage that you are what you eat is really exemplified here. If you eat French fries for breakfast and burgers for lunch with generous doses of coca cola, then chances are that you will end up gaining a lot of unhealthy weight. No, diet coke is not healthy either regardless of what the ads tell you. You may get away with it in your 20s when you are at the peak of your physical prowess, but sooner rather than later it will come back to haunt you.

Alcohol

Binge drinking may be fun, but it also brings with it the risk of causing you to become overweight. Of course, the risk factors are more serious than just a beer belly. Again, you may have gotten away with it in your college days, but sooner rather than later it will start to show.

Genetics

Some people often use genetics as an excuse for a number of problems. While genetics is a perfectly valid reason for certain conditions, it is just an excuse more often than not. In this case, genetics can certainly cause you to be overweight. If your immediate blood relatives are overweight, then the propensity that you become overweight as well is higher than normal.

Insulin levels

Your diet may cause insulin resistance. Elevated insulin levels result in more fat being stored in the body than is required by the body.

Lack of physical activity

This is a very common cause and is closely related to a poor diet. In a nutshell, if you consume more calories than you burn then you will put on weight. Of course, not all weight gain is unhealthy, but if you have little to no physical activity and that is coupled with a bad diet, then is very likely that you will become overweight.

Emotional factors

Certain emotional factors could cause unhealthy weight gain. If you are too stressed out a lot of the time, then it could certainly be a contributing factor.

Medications

Certain medications may cause you to put on weight. Antidepressants and medicine for diabetes are two common examples of medications that could cause you to become overweight.

Poor habits

If you eat late or sleep too little then it will mess up your body’s system. Such poor habits can be a cause for you being overweight.

What are the risks of being overweight?

There are a number of risk factors associated with being overweight:

1) Heart disease

When you are overweight, the heart has to work extra hard to pump blood. Your blood circulation declines and your arteries thicken. Your blood pressure is also negatively affected. All this puts you at great risk for heart complications and/or stroke.

2) Diabetes

Diabetes and excess weight have always gone hand in hand. Being overweight is one of the primary causes of diabetes along with lack of sleep and a diet high in sugar. Type 2 diabetes in particular is an offspring of obesity/excess weight.

3) Sleep Apnea

This is a condition wherein a person momentarily stops breathing during sleep. Being overweight has been positively correlated to sleep apnea in many studies.

4) Arthritis

Excess fat is the result of being overweight. This puts additional pressure on the joints, thereby causing arthritis.

5) Sexual health problems

Research has shown that being overweight has been linked to sexual health problems as a result of decline in blood circulation.

This is by no means an exhaustive risk. You are at risk for a whole host of other problems including but not limited to some forms of cancer, bladder stones, etc. It could also take an emotional toll on you causing a loss in self-confidence and self-esteem.

9 Simple Ways To Shed The Extra Weight.

1) Green Tea

Green tea is a popular remedy that has been shown to aid weight loss. It is absolutely packed with nutrients such as zinc, Vitamin C, etc. For best results, have a glass of green tea in the morning. You should aim for 2 to 3 cups of green tea per day. You could add a touch of lemon and some ginger for added benefits.

2) Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera stimulates metabolism which helps in shedding the excess pounds. As an added benefit, it also removes toxins from your digestive system. All you need to do is take the pulp out from a couple of aloe vera leaves after peeling them and grind them in a blender with some water for 3 minutes or so. If you drink this daily for 30 days you will start to see results.

3) Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to prevent accumulation of body fat by breaking down the fat. Take one teaspoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and add it to a glass of water and some lemon juice. Have this about half an hour after every meal. Some people swear by taking it before meals but for something acidic such as apple cider vinegar, it is better not to take it on an empty stomach. One caveat here is that you have to ensure that the Apple Cider Vinegar is well diluted otherwise you run the risk of burning your throat.

4) Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice is a tried and tested weight loss remedy. It aids digestion and detoxifies the body. Mix a teaspoon or two of lemon juice with warm water and have this when you wake up in the morning. If you stick to this diligently along with exercise etc, you should see results in about 3 months.

5) Flax Seeds

Flaxseeds are high in fiber content. This helps to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Flaxseeds also aid bowel movements and mimic probiotics in that they promote healthy bacteria in the gut. All these factors are vital for weight loss. Just sprinkle some flaxseed powder on your oatmeal or have it with some milk or yogurt. Just make sure that the flaxseeds have been ground well and are in powder form. Whole and raw flax seeds pass through your digestive system, thereby offering little value.

6) Get quality sleep

It is absolutely imperative that you get 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep each day. This is one of the main causes of excess weight and obesity as we looked at earlier. A large number of people do not get enough sleep whether due to work or other commitments or just bad habits. Also, you cannot make up for lost sleep by sleeping extra during the weekends. To help sleep better, do not use electronic devices from an hour before your bedtime. Consider getting professional help if you suffer from insomnia or are unable to sleep for whatsoever reason.

7) Eat a balanced diet

Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals. Make tomatoes, broccoli, oatmeal, eggs etc. a staple part of your diet. To help you get started, you could see a dietician and have them work out a simple plan for you.

8) Cut down on alcohol

Try not to make drinking alcohol a daily routine. Even on the weekends do not overindulge yourself and resort to binge drinking. If you are really serious about weight loss, have no more than a couple of beers a week.

9) Apples

We have all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While this comes with some caveats, it is clear that apples are packed with goodness and nutrients. They help regulate blood sugar levels and also curb your appetite. That is what makes them such a key tool to combat unhealthy weight gain. Incorporate apples in your diet and you will not be disappointed.

Some of the items mentioned here may not be an option for you as a result of certain health conditions and/or allergic reactions. Moreover, you may be overweight as a result of certain medications. If this is the case then these remedies may not be of that much help for as long as you continue taking the medicine. For these reasons, it is really in your best interests to see your doctor before you embark on a new diet.

The video below will further assist you in getting in shape.

Conclusion

The importance of maintaining a healthy body weight cannot be overstressed. In what is quite an alarming phenomenon, we see even kids being overweight. The burger and French fries culture is really alarming. The problem is, kids are very impressionable and when they start having unhealthy amounts of coca cola, burgers and French fries on a daily basis, then it becomes difficult for them to stop when they are adults. Just to be clear, I am not totally against people having them, but they should be had no more than once a week (ideally no more than twice in a month). A healthy and balanced diet is the way to go. You must also eliminate stress from your life. Practice deep breathing or yoga if you can and get good quality sleep.

On a slightly different note, sometimes we hear about fat shaming which is basically people who are overweight being shamed by others. For those of you who are overweight, please understand that it is perfectly alright to look overweight and do not allow yourself to get affected by taunts and unkind remarks. The only thing you should be worried about is the unhealthy consequences of being overweight. So long as you are healthy, it is irrelevant whether or not you ‘look’ fat.

Now that you have all the necessary information, go ahead and start living the healthy life now. Your destiny is in your hands!

About the Author joseph

What’s up world! Joe here. I am a writer, wordsmith and a health enthusiast at Gainheal.com. I spend most of my time reading about heath, putting everything I learn into action and of course, knitting words together. This is where I find joy. This is where my soul speaks, without any borders. I’ve seen results with everything I learned myself and practiced. My goal now is to help you, the reader, do the same and more, why not! Thanks and welcome aboard!

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