Get Heart Healthy by Shedding Extra Pounds
Hearts are all a flutter during February - and not just on Valentine's Day. It's also National Heart Month, an observance designed to spread awareness of cardiovascular disease and health. A top factor in good heart health: Slimming down and maintaining your weight loss.?
A recent National Institutes of Health study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that reducing calorie intake and losing as little as five to 10 pounds can reap significant benefits for your cardiovascular health. Here's how:
- Weight loss takes pressure off your blood vessels:The job of the blood vessels is to supply the heart with the blood it needs to keep pumping. Carrying around extra weight places a heavy burden on your blood vessels because the resulting fat forms plaque inside the vessels, clogging your coronary arteries and boosting your risk of heart attack. Shedding those extra pounds helps to keep your blood vessels clear of fat and plaque, assuring easy flow of blood to and from your heart.
- Weight loss lowers blood clot risk:Excessive weight and the high blood pressure that accompanies it can slow down blood flow and lead to the formation of blood clots. Left untreated, blood clots can travel to your heart, lungs or brain and prove fatal. Slimming down reduces your risk of forming blood clots.
- Losing weight reduces belly fat: Excessive fat that forms in the belly and heart area can prove particularly detrimental to your cardiovascular health. Results of a 2011study published in the journal Cardiology showed that even participants who were not considered overweight but who sported a "muffin top" or "beer belly" and suffered some degree of heart disease were at significantly higher risk of death than were those whose weight was distributed differently.
Get the shape you envy, and protect your heart, too. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation with your nearest Metabolic Research Center location.
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