How Losing Weight Benefits Your Heart
February is National Heart Month. Did you know that even a small amount of weight loss can reap multiple benefits for your cardiovascular health?
A recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that reducing calorie intake and losing as little as five to 10 pounds can significantly benefit your heart. Here's how your heart and body benefit:
- Clear blood vessels:Blood vessels supply the heart with the blood it needs to keep pumping. When you're carrying around extra weight, it can put a heavy burden on your blood vessels by way of fat forming plaque and clogging your coronary arteries. This can significantly boost your heart attack risk. But as you shed pounds, that extra fat dissipates and clears your blood vessels, assuring easy flow of blood to and from your heart.
- Lower blood clot risk:Excessive weight and resulting blood pressure can slow the blood flow and lead to blood clots. When gone untreated, clots can travel to your heart, lungs or brain and prove fatal. Slimming down makes it far less likely that a blood clot will form.
- Less belly fat: Excessive fat that forms around your belly and heart are particularly harmful to your cardiovascular health. In a 2011 study published in the journal Cardiology, researchers found that even participants who were not considered overweight but who had a "muffin top" or "beer belly" and suffered some degree of heart disease had a significantly higher risk of death than those whose weight was distributed differently.
Protect your heart by taking steps to shed extra pounds and whittle your waist. Start now by calling 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation with your nearest Metabolic Research Center location.
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