The 5 Signs Your Body is Telling You It’s Time To Lose Weight
- Jun 12, 2015
- Dr. Asa Andrew
Many times we think we may need to lose some weight. Sometimes we “just know.” Or our close friends and families might tell us the real truth. So how do we really know other than you can’t walk up the stairs without breathing heavily, or can’t button your pants? There are some real motivating reasons to shed the pounds that are vital for your health. These include several warnings that our body might be telling us. Exercise is a powerful tool in empowering your health to reach your weight goals. It seems to be the toughest area to get people to take action. If you see one or any of these warning signs, it might be time to dust off the old sneakers, lace them up, and get moving.
Our bodies are very intelligent and fine tuned in so many ways. When it gets out of balance, the body often will tell us what is needing to be corrected. Here are 5 signs your body may be telling you about your weight.
1.Your Doctor Just Diagnosed You For The First Time
You don’t feel good and you visit your doctor, They tell you that you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. You are shocked! I have great news. Get moving. All the research says that if we will exercise on a continual basis and drop the pounds, then we can get our numbers to drop and get out of these health challenges. Start with a 10-minute walk per day, 6 days per week. If you get aggressive, you may be able to avoid being put on medications by transforming your lifestyle.
2.You Snore Like A Freight Train
When we are overweight, our bodies can tell us in small ways. Snoring is a sign of excessive weight and can be diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs with a 10 second delay in breathing that can contribute to a loud gasping for breath. It causes decreased oxygen and can contribute to higher cortisol levels and excessive belly fat. Not to mention challenging to your overall health. You wull need to drop the pounds and also see a sleep specialist.
3.Exercise Is Difficult
Not everyone loves to exercise. However, if you do get motivated and start doing some form of activity, then your body hurts. Then if you get tired easily, it may demotivate you. I always encourage people to start small with their exercise goals. Start with an easy daily walking plan and progressively move into a higher intensity.
4. Your Joints Hurt
This is a tell-tale sign. Many people who are overweight will have joint pain due to excessive inflammation of inactivity and poor diet. Then the doctor puts them on medication for arthritis. The reality is if you would get moving and drop the ponds, many times the arthritis would go away and you would feel amazing. If you have joint pain start with easier joint related exercise like riding a bike or swimming.
5.Your Waistline Is More Than 35 inches
Our Body Mass Index is a huge indicator of our level of wellness. The goal of most of the height to weight charts that are used medically to show how well we are is based around 35 inches. Measure your waist above your hips and if it is more than 35 inches, it’s time to get aggressive. Most cardiologists will tell you that your “waistline is your lifeline.” Along with consistent exercise, studies have shown that balancing your adrenal glands may help this process. Here is a great product.
Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author of Empowering Your Health and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, he is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.
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