Carrying extra weight is more than just a cosmetic problem. The following conditions are often found in overweight people:
High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage many organs in the body. Your chances of high blood pressure (also called hypertension) are greater if you’re overweight or obese.
Coronary Heart Disease
As your body mass index rises, so does your risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD results from a build-up of a waxy substance called plaque inside the coronary arteries.
Plaque can narrow or block the coronary arteries and reduce blood flow to the heart muscle. This can lead to chest pain/discomfort or even a heart attack.
Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s blood sugar level is too high. Normally, the body breaks down food into glucose and then carries it to cells throughout the body. The cells use a hormone called insulin to turn the glucose into energy.
In type 2 diabetes, the body’s cells don’t use insulin properly. At first, the body reacts by making more insulin. Over time, however, the body can’t make enough insulin to control its blood sugar level, and medications including insulin injections may be required.
Type 2 diabetes is also associated with CHD, stroke, kidney disease, circulatory problems and blindness. Almost all people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is reversible with lifestyle modifications and weight loss.
Obesity can cause a buildup of plaque in your all of your arteries, not just the coronary arteries. Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture, causing a blood clot to form. If the clot is close to your brain, it can block the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain and a cause a stroke. The risk of having a stroke rises as BMI increases.
Being overweight or obese raises your risk for many cancers including colon, breast, endometrial, pancreatic, and gallbladder cancers.
Sleep apnea is disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. A person who has sleep apnea may have more fat stored around the neck. This can narrow the airway, making it hard to breathe. These patients often snore loudly while sleeping, and have periods of daytime sleepiness as they do not get the rest they need at night. It can lead to more serious problems such as strain on the right side of the heart.
Osteoarthritis is a common joint problem of the knees, hips, and lower back. The condition occurs if the tissue that protects the joints wears away. Extra weight can put more pressure and wear on joints, causing pain.
Obesity can cause menstrual issues, irregular bleeding, and infertility in women. In pregnancy, obese women are more likely to have pregnancy complications including miscarriage, stillbirths, large for gestational age infants, high blood pressure during pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and cesarean delivery.
The good news….
All of the above conditions are nearly completely reversible if the underlying obesity is treated. By adopting a healthy lifestyle with the help of Coach Remington’s program, you can REVERSE medical issues you may already have. While these morbid conditions can age us faster than time, controlling the hormone levels in the body using the Gylco-Cycle, aging of the cells is actually slowed. So not only can you achieve the body on the outside of someone much younger, but your internal organs can also enjoy a much younger body.
As a physician, I always felt I had a good understanding of what it meant to “eat healthy.” I considered myself active and made what I thought were smart food choices. Still, I struggled to maintain my weight and really had no idea what my body composition was. All I knew was to lose weight I should cut calories, but never realized how much lean muscle I lost in the process. I knew I could do better.
My first few meetings with the Fat Loss Coach were eye-opening. My percent body fat was way higher than I predicted. He taught me the concept of the Glyco-Cycle. While my background allowed easy understanding of the fundamentals, I realized that the simplicity of it should make sense to even those with no science or medical background.
Following the plan took some adjustment. The right types of food I had already (almost) mastered. But the concept of the right amounts of food at the right time was where I became a student again. It was not long before I started to see results with the program.
I have followed the Fat Loss Coach’s program for a little over one year, and I have maintained a loss of 15 pounds of fat, while gaining 4 pounds of muscle. I am blessed to have a career where I can really influence my patient’s lifestyle, and my goal is to continue to be a role model for health and fitness to patients, family, and friends.