It’s not unusual for many people who receive a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes to take their time in deciding to lose weight. Many continue to live an unhealthy lifestyle, and then when they are afflicted with a complication brought on by their continuing high blood sugar, realize they have no choice, but to eat healthily and lower their blood sugar levels and get rid of any excess weight. But why wait to change for the better? If you’re currently overweight, you are leaving yourself exposed to health risks that can be mitigated well before they establish themselves.
Why wait until a major wake-up call to improve your health?
If you need additional convincing, here are four reasons why you should lose weight if you’re currently carrying extra fat around your abdominal area…
1. Weight loss helps to prevent further complications. Being overweight or obese is a primary risk factor for the development of many diseases. So by burning some of your extra fat and returning to a healthier weight, you will be lowering your chances of developing serious complications in the near future.
2. Weight loss improves emotional health. There seems to be a correlation between being overweight and being depressed. That’s not to say you would have chronic depression as an overweight adult, but it does mean you would be compromising your emotional well-being to some extent.
Most people who are overweight are not comfortable with their appearance. Add factors like physical inactivity and unhealthy food choices to the mix and you can imagine why someone who’s overweight is more likely to be depressed than a healthy individual.
3. Weight loss improves your ability to exercise. Physical activity is beneficial for weight loss. This point is well understood. But some adults will struggle to become physically active. It can be a difficult transition from living a sedentary lifestyle. But it must be done.
Fortunately, the more body fat you shed, the easier it becomes to exercise. Your energy levels will surge as you melt away the fat with an active lifestyle and healthy eating plan. Your body will recover from muscle aches more quickly. Not to mention the increased motivation you will have to exercise once you start to see progress.
4. Weight loss improves your self-esteem. There’s something to be said about the growing confidence one feels after losing weight and regaining a lean physique.
Once you’re more content with your appearance and the fit of your clothes, life seems to get better. You feel more confident and more comfortable with who you are. More importantly, the awareness you are in better health generally after losing weight increases your happiness. Most Type 2 diabetics have been told engaging in exercise for 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease and increase insulin sensitivity.