EVERYONE has their own reasons for wanting to lose weight – and for those that do, it is important to understand and remember those reasons throughout the weight loss journey.
But Genesis Fitness nutritionist Liana Nici said sometimes there were reasons for losing weight that went beyond just wanting to look good.
Here are five very important reasons for losing those excess kilos to add to your list:
1. Reduced risk of chronic disease
Losing weight can reduce your risk of chronic diseases that can shorten your life span such as heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes and some forms of cancer.
2. Less risk of osteoarthritis
This is a disease not just associated with old age. Excess weight gain increases the risk of osteoarthritis, which can lead to joint pain and muscle weakness, making moving around doing exercise or even daily tasks hard to do.
3. Stronger immune system
Fat is an active organ and can send hormones and cell signalling molecules (cytokines) throughout the body. Too much fat can release many immune chemicals that over time can influence your body’s response to infections. Losing body fat can lead to a more responsive and stronger immune system, potentially resulting in fewer colds and infections to tackle.
4. A better night’s sleep
Excess weight gain can lead to a difficulty in breathing. This is due to several reasons, including increased weight on the lungs constricting space for movement and increased fat in nasal airways making the airways prone to collapsing. The resulting lack of sleep can affect metabolic health as it can lead to rapid cell aging, hormonal disruption, and increased risk of chronic disease independent of weight gain.
5. Improve that mood
Weight gain can cause issues of low self-esteem, depression and low confidence. Losing weight will allow you to gain more confidence and take back control of your life.
Genesis Fitness is holding a ‘12 week Your New Beginning Challenge’ to get you started on your weight loss journey.
Starting Monday, February 5, members receive unlimited small group personal training, 24/7 support from coaches, Myzone heart rate monitor (RRP $130), YNB Singlet (RRP $30) and an online nutrition portal – suitable for vegetarian and gluten-free diets – with more than 500 recipes.
Photos and measurements are taken at the beginning, middle and end of the challenge so you can track your progress.
The challenge also includes a prize of $2000 for male and female winners, as well as weekly prizes.
Last year’s female winner lost 12kg and the male winner lost 23kg.
For information, visit www.genesisfitness.com.au.