Study shows big benefits to modest weight loss for women
Obesity has become a substantial medical concern around the world, primarily because it increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. With that in mind, the decision to lose weight can often be a powerful move to improve overall health. The best way to approach this task is through regular exercise and a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. However, now that the holiday season is upon us, the wealth of seasonal feasts and festivities is enough to put anyone's weight loss efforts to the test.
If you're worried about your self-discipline this season, a recent press release from the American Heart Association (AHA) could be enough to give you a boost. According to the source, middle-aged women who commit to modest weight loss on a long-term basis may be able to dramatically reduce markers for some of the gravest medical concerns facing older adults today.
"It is challenging to lose weight, but if women commit to losing 10 percent of their body weight and sustain that over time, it can have a large impact on overall risk factors associated with heart disease and diabetes," said Dr. Cynthia Thomson in a press statement. Dr. Thomson is co-author of the new study, which involved monitoring 417 women as they partook in weight loss programs that spanned up to 24 months.
The key to most positive lifestyle changes is moderation. Dramatic fluctuations in weight or shifts in diet can be incredibly difficult maintain, so if you are interested in shedding a few pounds, consider starting slow. Substituting more nutritious ingredients in your favorite meals is a great place to begin this holiday season.
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