February is Great for Losing Weight
The month of February is National Heart Month, and it’s a good time to think about your heart health. If you’re overweight or obese, just losing a little bit of weight can result in some great cardiovascular benefits. In fact, just reducing your calories and losing between 5-10 pounds can offer some great benefits to your heart. Losing a little weight can offer the following heart benefits:
- Benefit #1 – Reduced Risk of Blood Clots – Too much weight and high blood pressure has the ability to slow the flow of blood in the body, resulting in blood clots. By losing a few pounds, you reduce weight and lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of blood clots.
- Benefit #2 – Clear Your Blood Vessels – Your blood vessels ensure your heart gets the blood needed to continue pumping. However, carrying around extra weight increases the burden on the blood vessels, since it allows plaque formation, which can clog up the coronary arteries.
- Benefit #3 – Less Abdominal Fat – Abdominal fat that forms around your organs can be especially dangerous and may negatively impact your heart health. Losing some weight reduces this type of fat, offering heart benefits.
How can you start losing a few pounds to boost your cardiovascular health? The CDC recommends that you work to be physically active for about 30 minutes a day. Eating a healthy diet high in fresh vegetables and fruits and low in trans fats and sodium can also help. Start taking some measures to shed a few extra pounds today to protect your heart. Get started today by setting up a consultation at your local Metabolic Research Center by dialing 800-501-8090.
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