This info comes from an 8 week challenge we present to our members. Because it has great information and tools, we have provided it for anyone who wants additional help.
First of all you should understand WHY you are losing weight. Is it a need or a want? How high on the importance level is it to you? After learning some of the points below, we hope that you see this as nothing less than a top priority for you and something that you must accomplish rather than try to do better at. This can be done. You just have to put it in your mind that you will do it. No excuses. No compromise. Your health and quality of life are at stake. YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Being overweight can lead to serious health problems, as well as shorten your life expectancy.
Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of health problems, including:
Blood pressure measures how strongly blood presses against the walls of your arteries (large blood vessels) as it is pumped around your body by your heart. If this pressure is too high it puts a strain on your arteries and your heart, which makes it more likely that you will suffer a heart attack, a stroke or kidney disease.
If diabetes is not treated, it can lead to a number of different health problems. High glucose levels can damage blood vessels, nerves and organs.
Even a mildly raised glucose level that does not cause any symptoms can have damaging effects in the long-term:
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the nations biggest killer.
Why does coronary heart disease happen?
Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart's blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.
Over time, the walls of your arteries can become furred up with fatty deposits. This process is known as atherosclerosis and the fatty deposits are called atheroma.
Atherosclerosis can be caused by lifestyle habits and other conditions, such as:
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the term for a wide range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat within the liver cells. It is usually seen in people who are overweight or obese.
NAFLD stage 4: Cirrhosis
At this most severe stage, bands of scar tissue and clumps of liver cells develop. The liver shrinks and becomes lumpy. This is known as cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis tends to occur after the age of 50-60, after many years of liver inflammation associated with the early stages of the disease.
People with cirrhosis of the liver caused by NAFLD often also have type 2 diabetes.
The damage caused by cirrhosis is permanent and can't be reversed. Cirrhosis progresses slowly, over many years, gradually causing your liver to stop functioning.
You are more likely to develop NAFLD if you:
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition where the kidneys do not work effectively.
CKD does not usually cause symptoms until reaching an advanced stage. It is usually detected at earlier stages by blood and urine tests.
The main role of the kidneys is to filter waste products from the blood before converting them into urine. The kidneys also: