Did the end of year festivities get the better of your physique? Still struggling to lose those extra few kilos gained?
While it is easy to let the extra kilograms pile on, it is vital to lose them again, and manage your weight. This has nothing to do with not loving your curves or being vain – it is a matter of your health and wellbeing.
The problem with extra weight
That your favourite jeans do not fit is the least of your worries. Carrying extra weight puts you at risk for:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- gallbladder disease
- respiratory disorders
Diet versus exercise
The short answer is that 70% of weight loss can be attributed to what you eat, and 30% to the exercise you do. However, being “skinny” is a far cry from being healthy.
Regular exercise not only improves your cardiovascular health and lean figure, but also:
- reduces stress
- boosts endorphins – your body’s happy chemical
- increases self-confidence
- prevents cognitive decline
- relieves anxiety
- enhances brainpower
- sharpens your memory by increasing the production of cells in the hippocampus
- controls addiction by releasing dopamine
- boost energy levels and creativity
The key for both diet and exercise is to make it routine. It takes four weeks for you to notice a change; eight weeks for your friends to notice; twelve weeks for the rest of the world to notice a change; but just ONE day to decide that you are worth it.
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