Most people know that if they are overweight or obese, they must lose weight to be healthy. Even a modest weight loss of 5% to 10% can result in significant health benefits such as a reduced risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Other health benefits of a modest weight reduction include:
lower blood pressure
lower levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol
lower total cholesterol levels
less sleep apnea
People who are obese are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes. But a lifestyle that includes weight loss and an exercise program significantly reduces this risk. Even if you’ve already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, losing weight may be a good idea. Even a modest weight loss can improve how insulin works in the body, reduce fasting blood sugar levels, and reduce the need for diabetes medications. The best way to lose weight is to make small, realistic changes to your diet and how physically active you are.
The amount of physical activity you should do depends on your age. For example, adults between the ages of 19 and 64 should do 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity. Working out releases feel good chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for that high you feel post workout. They interact with the receptors in your brain, reducing your perception of pain and deliver a positive feeling in the body similar to that of morphine.
When you rid your body of excess fat your hormones steady and as a result it’s easier for you to maintain or even further your weight loss.
Losing weight is something that needs lots of determination, but not determination alone, you also need to find the right way that will help you get the desired results. Juicing is considered to be one of the best ways to lose weight successfully. Mother Nature offers so many fruits and vegetables, which if you include in your diet in the right way, you surely will be able to get rid of those extra pounds.
Two simple recipes for drinks that will help you lose weight:
Tomato and Cucumber Juice
3 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
2 cups diced cucumber
1 stalk celery
3-4 drops stevia
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon sea salt
Take a juicer jar and add all the cut vegetables in it and process till they are properly blended. Add sea salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. If you want your juice to be a little sweet you can add few drops of stevia. Pour the juice in a tall serving glass and garnish it with mint leaves. This juice is perfect for summer months.
Cocoa Powder Drink
The sugar and fat in chocolate products are what inevitably leads to weight gain, while cocoa can only do you good. To achieve faster weight loss with the help of cocoa, you’ll have to skip the milk and sugar and make this simple drink using only cocoa powder and hot water.
The taste is rather bitter, but it’s worth it as one study found that cocoa powder offsets some of the side effects of a high-fat diet, namely weight gain and inflammation.