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

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