Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Losing weight not only makes you look good, feel great and gain confidence but it can greatly benefit your body as well. It doesn't really matter how much weight you lose because even a little counts towards the contribution of health. Here are some of the benefits you can reap losing that bulge.
Research has shown that a moderate weight loss of 5-10% of body weight may reduce cardiovascular risk factors. This means that by losing weight, you can reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides level and improve heart function.
If you have fatty liver, losing weight might be the key to getting rid of the fats from the liver. Research shows that by losing excess weight, not only the fat content in the liver decreases but the storage of fats in the liver is reduced as well. This will improve the overall condition of your liver.
According to studies, if you're obese, weight loss attained through diet and exercise reduces kidney damage and help to maintain kidney function.
If you are overweight that means you are putting a lot of pressure on your joints such as your knees, hips and lower back. Losing even a small amount of weight will help to reduce the pressure, stress and pain on your joints and therefore reduce the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. According to research, for a woman of normal height, for every 5 kg weight loss the risk of knee oasteoarthritis dropped by more than 50%.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
One way to reduce weight, is to burn more calories by doing more physical activity. Cycling is a very effective way to burn calories and therefore reduce fat. About 10 minutes of cycling burns about 80 calories. My regular time is about 1 1/2 hours (approximately 25-30 km distance). In one year, this daily fitness workout uses up a total of 29,200 calories per year - about 3.5 kg of body weight.
A daily cycling workout doesn't just help you to reduce weight, it also helps you to increase aerobic fitness, improves circulation and blood sugar levels.
In order to speed up weight reduction, by cycling, it's important to follow a calorie-controlled,
healthy eating-plan, containing an adequate supply of carbohydrates and protein, as well as a full range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Remember, a well-fed body loses weight faster. In addition, obesity tests show that motivation is improved when you monitor your weight statistics on a weekly basis.
The best type of fitness plan for weight reduction is the one that you find most suitable. If you enjoy cycling, try it. If not, choose another exercise method. I have tried badminton and jogging but I ended up with injuries on my ankles and knees. Then I turned to walking in the Park but I found it rather boring and slow. I started cycling since the past 2 years and I find it suitable to keep myself in shape.