Increased risk of stroke
Fatty Liver disease
Gall bladder disease
These are all known health risks associated with being overweight or obese. I’m sure I don’t really need to convince you of the benefits of getting to a healthy weight.
Just in case you need a tiny bit more motivation, I wanted to share this research I recently read about. I work with women of all ages and typically as we reach our 40’s and beyond, many of us seem to find it more and more difficult to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. I’ve spoken to some women who just decide to give up. They feel it’s just too hard and so what if they are 20 or more pounds overweight now. It’s just not that big a deal.
Well as the results of the study of 1200 people mentioned above show, people with bigger waistlines and a high body mass index (BMI) in their 60s had greater signs of brain aging six years later! Specifically, the study showed that being overweight is connected to reduced gray matter, which contains the cell bodies of brain cells, important for cognition, emotional health, personality, sensation, and movement.
According to the study results, being overweight or obese may accelerate aging in the brain by at least ten years. The take-away from this research was that making midlife health a priority can significantly decrease the risk of cognitive problems later on. So if you are in your 40’s, now’s the time to get serious about this.
For me it’s exciting to think that simply by losing weight, people may be able to slow down aging of their brains and potentially the memory and thinking problems that can come along with brain aging. It makes the Today is Still the Day plan principles even more important to incorporate into your life as early as possible.
If you are in your 60’s already, don’t lose heart. It is never too late to make healthy changes and reap the benefits. So take some baby steps in the right direction regardless of your age.
How does knowing that losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight can protect your brain health make you feel?
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