THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF INTENTIONAL WEIGHT LOSS
Intentional weight loss is the loss of total body mass by a person in order to attain a specific body type they want and to improve fitness and health. With more and more social focus on obesity and fitness, more people are taking up intentional weight loss to attain their ideal body weight. This has seen many food production companies being compelled to list the quantities of components of their food stuffs.
For a drop in weight, one’s body needs to be in a catabolic state. Catabolism is simply put, destructive metabolism. It is the breakdown of complex molecules to smaller simpler molecules with the release of energy. Once there is not enough digested substrate for catabolism, the body digs into its stores of fat and carbohydrates to release energy. With continued work or exercise, the body’s fat deposits are depleted and there is associated slimming.
For the obese individuals, weight loss reduces their cardiovascular risks, diabetes risk and improves their overall survival and life expectancy. A 1 kilogram decrease in weight leads to a unit drop in blood pressure. Through exercise, there is a reduction in the amount of low density lipoprotein, the harmful cholesterol, and an increase in high density lipoproteins, the good cholesterol. The overall effect is a reduction of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and stroke.
Losing weight reduces the amount of weight supported by joints. As a result, there is a reduced risk of developing arthritis and similar joint diseases. Fertility is also improved with reduction in weight as the levels of cholesterol available for conversion to estrogen are reduced. Hormone production is then more regular as expected.
Regardless of the reason for losing weight, be it for a desired physical appearance, lifestyle change or for sports, weight loss offers some unparalleled health benefits.