Signs to Know That You Have to Lose Weight – And What to Do About It

How do you figure out when to lose weight?

Calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a good way to start. If your BMI is above 24.9, then you might need to see your doctor.

Many times, people don’t know when to start or stop a life-changing activity. It is quite normal to be confused and indecisive. And like a lot of people, you might need a compelling reason to start a weight loss journey.

If you are facing any of these reasons, or if you have ever been in any of these situations, it is probably time to start thinking – and thinking hard too – of starting a weight loss journey.

You don’t like how you look

Probably one of the most important reasons you should try to lose some of that fat. How you look determines a lot of things including how you value yourself, see yourself and your self-esteem. Losing weight will help you look better and boost your self-confidence.

You don’t like how people look at you

People should look at you respectfully and not condescendingly. Have you ever walked in a room and everyone keeps quiet, and take a good look at you, using their eyes to measure you out? It can be debilitating when you find out that people don’t look at you the way you want them to.

You cannot exercise comfortably

Exercising has lots of benefits both during your weight loss journey and beyond. For instance, exercising helps your brain and neurons work better than normal, which greatly improves your cognitive and thinking abilities. You also feel refreshed and ready to take on the world after a good round of exercise. So, when you find it difficult to endure a round of exercise, and you look overweight, then you should seriously consider cutting that excess weight.

When you don’t like how you sleep and breathe during sleep

For overweight people, sleeping can be incredibly difficult. Being overweight can disrupt your sleep pattern and this will lead to breathing problems like snoring. This is because fat can pad along your airways disturbing the flow of air in and out of your lungs. Other medical factors like a large tongue, a deviated septum, enlarged tonsils and so on, can also result in snoring. Anyway, if you are overweight and you snore, it is good advice to reduce the level of fat.

More dangerously, overweight individuals are prone to develop Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially fatal situation where the airway is completely blocked for a few moments. In Obstructive Sleep apnea, one of the forms of Sleep apnea, the muscles of the throat are relaxed and the individual finds it difficult to sleep, making disturbing noises. Fat present in the region can also lead to complications. Oh! And when your partner or roommates complain that you snore, then you most likely have to hurry and do something about it.

If you feel constant pain

If you feel constant pain in your joints or ankles, you have to reduce your body weight. Excess body weight puts a strain on the joints and can make them ache painfully. If after you tried to exercise and you feel intense pain on your back and in your joints, then you need to take a good look at your weight.

If you care about your health.

Perhaps, one of the most devastating results of being overweight are the effects it has on overall health. Some of the health risks for overweight and obese people include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, menstrual abnormalities, varicose veins, hypertension, high cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis, heartburn, psychological imbalances like depression, fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, low back pain, joint disease, stroke, and inflammation. High cholesterol and excess fat, for instance, can clog up the heart and result in high blood pressure.

What to Do About Your Weight?

Reduce it. If you finally decide to lose your weight, you are making a good decision. It is a long and usually tasking, but fulfilling journey.

Be prepared to stay positive and motivated.

First, you have to be positive about yourself. Losing weight that you have accumulated over time is as much a battle of the mind as it is a physical commitment. However, being overweight is not the end of the world. Many times, it is a result of a combination of bad choices made in the past. And with good choices, you should see positive results. So, you should be prepared to stay committed and positive. If you need to, you can have podcasts or voice notes that you can regularly listen to keep you motivated. The most important thing to realize is that it is very possible to cut that excess weight.

Be prepared to change your habits and appetite.

Obesity is a leading cause of death in the world today. And according to researchers, beverages, soft drinks, and fast foods are major factors. If you are a lover of junk foods, you have to learn to drastically reduce intake.

You should be ready for drastic changes if you really want to lose weight. As an overweight person, you will often have very strong appetites than the average normal weight individual. This is because individuals of normal weight tend to eat modestly and are usually satisfied. On the other hand, if you are overweight, you tend to crave for more food and will have to eat a lot to be satisfied eventually. It is very possible to control your appetite, but it takes time and effort. Be prepared to put in that effort.

Be prepared to exercise—regularly

Exercising keeps you fit. To reduce your weight, you have to be prepared to exercise regularly. Intense and consistent exercise like weightlifting, resistant exercises, strength building and so on will help burn fat at alarming speeds. But that is not all; there are numerous benefits to exercising regularly. You develop a stronger and healthier heart and you feel much more refreshed. Exercising will help to better your brain function too, and you tend to feel better about yourself. In fact, you tend to be very confident. For one, regularly exercising can help you keep your joints, ankles and back in constant motion and prevent them from becoming stiff over time. This will greatly reduce your risks of joint pain and arthritis.