Do you weigh more than you would like to? Or, do you feel that you’re out of shape? Different people have different ideas of what they should look like or what their physical fitness level should be.
One way to tell if it’s time to focus on weight loss goals is if your waistline has become less defined, or perhaps has disappeared altogether. “Muffin top” is the affectionate term for belly fat that hangs over the waist of our clothing.
Another reason you might decide to go on a diet or embark on an exercise routine is if you’ve lost muscle tone, and you have cellulite, which is the term for that dimpled, jiggly fat that often appears on the hip, thigh, buttock and upper arm areas of the body. Women have an extra layer of fat than men due to our hormone makeup, so we are more prone to developing cellulite, especially with lack of an exercise routine to keep our muscles firm.
The desire to look more physically attractive might be a driving force in your weight loss motivation effort. However, in addition to these somewhat superficial reasons to go on a diet or begin exercising on a regular basis, you probably want to lose weight so you can be healthier.
Overweight and obese people are more likely to develop chronic disease as they age. Conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are far more prevalent in people who are out of shape and on the heavier side.
Overweight people are also more likely to have breathing problems and decreased stamina with physical activity. They are more likely to suffer from joint problems, as the extra weight puts stress on their hips, knees and ankles.
When we manage to slim down to a healthy size and shape, as well as tone up our muscles and improve the health of our heart and lungs, we give our bodies the gift of good health which is so important for improving the quality of our lives.
Being a healthy weight means we have more energy to do the things we love.
Being a healthy weight means staying strong and able-bodied.
Being a healthy weight means feeling confident and capable.
Being a healthy weight means staying attractive for our partner.
Being a healthy weight means having more stamina for lovemaking.
Being a healthy weight means that we’re less likely to become a burden on family as we age.