Is There a Link between Obesity and Heart Disease?

Obesity has been linked to many severe and nasty diseases such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, gout, osteoarthritis, etc. These are just the tip of the iceberg. But the question many people have is – “Does being obese mean that I’ll get heart disease?”

The answer is… Obesity increases your risk of getting heart disease. While not all overweight people will get heart disease, many do. The rest may get other diseases like type 2 diabetes or gout.

There’s just no way to escape the fact that obesity (which is an epidemic now) leads to serious health problems. People who have a lot of fat in their bodies are more prone to getting blood clots in their arteries.

They also have higher levels of C-reactive protein as compared to people at an average weight. The more C-reactive protein in your body, the higher your chances of getting a heart attack.

It’s even worse if most of the fat is located in your midsection. Most men store their excess fat in the abdominal region. Having a big belly increases your cardiac risk considerably. The beer belly and ‘dad bods’ that many men laugh about is really not a joke.

Being at an ideal weight is one of the best things that you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease. It really isn’t that complicated. All you need to do is switch to a clean diet, be at a caloric deficit, and exercise 4 to 5 times a week. That’s really all you need to do.

Over 3 to 4 months, if you stay on track, you’ll lose so much weight that you won’t believe it. The problem here is that while losing weight is simple in concept, it’s not easy. Making the switch to a clean diet is a Herculean task that must be done gradually.

Aim to switch 1 or 2 unhealthy foods to healthier options every week. Do not try to make a massive change immediately. Slow and steady wins the race. The same applies to exercise. Go at your own pace.

There’s no need to torture yourself and be a sweaty heap of breathlessness after each session. Overly torturous workouts will make you dread exercise, and you’ll probably quit.

You should also note that weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. This is the MOST aggravating thing. We want results fast, and when we don’t see them, we lose hope and give up.

What you need to understand is that you MUST stay the course for at least 90 days. You’ll be stunned at how much fat you’d have lost. Weight loss is an undertaking that requires time.

An excellent way to measure your ideal weight will be to calculate your body mass index (BMI). You can calculate your BMI here:

If you’re in the range of 19 to 24.9, that’s excellent. You’re at your ideal weight.
If you’re at 25 to 29.9, you’re overweight, but in a month or two, with a proper diet and training program, you should reach your ideal weight.

If you’re at 30 to 39.9, you’re obese and should make immediate changes to your lifestyle. It may take you anywhere from 3 to 5 months to reach your ideal weight, but it is possible.

If you’re 40 and above, you’re severely obese. As disheartening as it may seem, rest assured that you CAN get to your ideal weight. It may take you 5 to 7 months, but it can be done if you do what you need to.

The durations for weight loss mentioned above are an estimate. Some people may reach their ideal weight sooner, while some may take longer. What really matters is that you do your best to get to your perfect weight.

Carrying too much weight on your body opens you up to many potential health problems that you really do not want to deal with. Prevention is better than cure. Start today, and in a few months, you’ll be amazed at how much progress you’ve made. You can do it.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb

Metabolism.Our engine.

Yes, the body engine is running all the time.

Our bodies engine

If you are interested in questions about food, losing body fat and diets, you will meet the word metabolism all the time. It’s a little hard to get a definition of metabolism. But it’s the overall energy processes that keep our body and you alive. You can say it’s your bodies engine. All the chemical processes inside us convert the hidden energy in our food to energy for all the cells. That’s for everything. Fuel to keep us function 24/7. Building blocks to build, maintain, and replace all living tissue. Bones, muscles, organs, skin, and so on.

Let take a banana as an example. You can’t see it. But it contains energy. But you can’t use it without ripping it to pieces and split it to molecules the cells in your body can use. That’s what digestion is all about, and it all starts in your mouth. You chew the food, and it continues in your system.

Then it becomes complicated. You can almost compare what is going on inside the body and the organs as one big chemical factory. Reactions are going on. It would take whole books to cover it all.

It’s the thyroid’s job to control the metabolism. To produce the hormones to keep it in balance. Some diseases related to the thyroid. But it’s not relevant here.

BMR? What’s that?

Have you ever heard about BMR before? It means Basal Metabolic Rate. The minimum required the number of calories to keep the body correctly function without problems. For breathing, blood circulation, digestion, and everything else necessary. It’s about 50-70 % of the overall metabolism.

Of course, there are differences from person to person. But it’s about 1750-1900 calories per day for a Man and approximately 1400-1500 calories for a woman.

It has been clinically tested on persons without food for 12-18 hours and doing nothing in a room with average temperature.

But if you go lower than that we begin to talk about starvation. Under the minimum needed by the body. That’s an unhealthy condition and can even be dangerous.

Healthy metabolism

5-10% of metabolism is for digestion. What’s left is for physics activity. That’s where you have the best opportunity to boost your metabolism. It increases your fat burning and raises the limit for how much you can eat without gain more weight.

That’s the most significant factor. It’s well-known a carpenter burns more energy per day than an employee in an office chair. But in our time machines takes more and more of the heavy work. It can be good or bad at the same time.

Protein can give a higher metabolism too because it requires more energy to digest protein than carbon hydrates and fat. But it should be with a low amount of fat. I’m talking about fish and chicken and other low calories sources of protein. According to a famous myth, chili and coffee can boost your metabolism. That’s not true. If there is an effect at all, it’s a concise while.

Bodyweight is an essential factor too. The more your weight is the more energy you need. That’s why you lose more weight in the beginning. Then your weight loss decreases. Bigger muscles will require more energy than body fat. Man needs more energy than women because Man typical are bigger and weight more.

Smoking and stress is a factor too. But that’s because it disturbs the hormone system. It’s a more unhealthy way to increase metabolism and lose weight. It’s much better to focus on food and exercise.

You can boost your burning just by drinking cold water. Because digestion needs water. So that’s a way to make your metabolism more efficient.

A good nights sleep is most valuable. There’s a link between tiredness and overweight. Do you sleep all right or do you lack sleep or wake up several times during the night.

You can try to stand up some more instead of sitting all the time. Or be more active with the household. It does affect.

You will burn more calories in cold weather. You can see it in the most extreme ways with people traveling in polar regions and Mountaineers.

Green tea should have an effect to boost the burning. But I don’t know how much.

A popular myth is that food eaten during the day is most likely to be burned, and the food you eat before bedtime will store as fat. But it’s not true. Metabolism runs at a constant rate, no matter time of day.

Many times people use metabolism as an excuse “I have a slow metabolism.” But usually, that’s not the problem. In studies, they have been able to compare people and found they had the same burning. There was a good reason why test persons were obese: They overate!

The Wall

The long diet will make the body slow down metabolism and burning. An excellent word for that is starvation mode. That has something to do with the body trying to take care of itself. It will always try to maintain it’s body weight, and it feels like an abnormal situation to lose bodyweight. It can also increase your appetite. Encourage you to eat more. That’s natural. But works against us in a world flooded with food.

Many people will meet the so-called wall where it’s almost impossible to achieve more weight loss. You can try to break the barrier by double your efforts with protein and exercise to encourage the body to go on with the weight loss.

It doesn’t help is to starve yourself. Then your body believes there’s a food shortage going on. So it’s necessary to decrease burning for you to survive. Or at least that’s how the body feels it. Of course, no food crises are going on. But it doesn’t know that.

Increase burning

So to lose weight, it’s terrific to know there are several and healthy ways to affect metabolism and increase burning. Some best is to choose the right food and exercise and don’t worry. It can be done by ease without being training for the Olympics.

Diet pills??? Hmm! I will choose not to do it. At least talk with a Doctor first, and illegal pills can be dangerous. Be wise. Choose the healthy way.


About Me

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My story

My name is Mark. I’m 51 years old. I am not a doctor or nutrition expert. But I’m like you. I want to lose weight, and I want to share my experiences and knowledge with you.

I want to help other people lose weight. I have tried it and know it can be a long and challenging road.

Purpose of this site is to inspire you to achieve your goal and lose weight. I promise I will only bring valid and reliable information confirmed by scientists and experts in nutrition — no false or unreliable information. If I write about myths, I will specify it as myths. If it comes to my attention that some information is wrong or false, I will remove it from my site right away. Your trust is my No 1 priority.

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All the best,

Mark Johnson