Fast or continued weight gain can dramatically impact your health and well-being, causing a variety of different symptoms and conditions that could easily be avoided with a healthy diet and regular exercise regime. Understanding the health implications of weight gain can help you to make the right choices in terms of food and fitness, as you’ll soon be shocked to know the many side effects of gaining too much weight. If you’re interested in learning more, then read on.
Pressure On Your Joints
Gaining and subsequently carrying excess weight can put an enormous amount of pressure on your joints, causing you to experience all kinds of related issues that can lead to pain and discomfort like you wouldn’t imagine. Being overweight can cause back, hip and knee pain, as the excess weight that you carry is too much for those delicate joints to handle. It can also lead to osteoarthritis. Fortunately you can relieve pressure on your joints by losing weight, but this isn’t a quick-fix and you can likely benefit from seeing a good chiropractor or physiotherapist in the meantime.
A large percentage of people who are overweight also have high cholesterol, and it’s thought that the two are directly linked. Unhealthy foods that can cause you to gain weight are often filled with salt and fat amongst other harmful ingredients, and these things can contribute towards an increasing risk of high cholesterol. Having high cholesterol increases the threat of a stroke or heart attack amongst a number of other cardiovascular issues, so getting back to a healthy weight range can help you to maintain good heart health too.
Weakened Immune System
As mentioned before, unhealthy foods are the ones that cause you to gain weight, so if you see the number on the scales rising then it’s likely because you are eating more junk food. Junk foods are often nutritionally bankrupt, providing you with very few vitamins and minerals whatsoever, and this in turn can cause you to develop a weakened immune system. You need a balanced, healthy diet to get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive and perform its daily tasks, so if you are continually making the wrong food choices then this will begin to reflect in your body. You are what you eat, so a poor diet will no doubt lead to a poor immune system that allows you to fall ill with ease.
Anxiety & Stress
Being overweight can make you feel anxious and stressed. It can cause you to lose confidence in yourself and lack self esteem, and it can also cause you untold levels of stress as you worry about your health and quality of life as a result of excess weight. Unfortunately, many people who are overweight have mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
It’s clear to see that weight gain can affect your health in a variety of different ways, so there’s no time like the present to start eating a healthier diet.
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