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Lose Weight Or Lose 13 Years!

Updated: Oct 14, 2023


This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.


We hear it all the time… 'lose weight for your health'. Few people however, realize the extent to which this is critical to their physical well-being and ultimately their life expectancy.

In January 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association featured a study finding that obesity appears to lessen life expectancy, especially among young adults. The study showed an obese 20-year-old white male, (5'10") 178cm and weighing (288 pounds) 130kg was estimated to lose 13 years of his life as a result of obesity.

It is now well researched that a Western diet that leads to obesity may actually act to stimulate the growth of cancer cells. It is never too late to improve your health through healthy eating and adopting a more health-conscious lifestyle. Here are simple steps to follow which can make an immediate improvement to your health and vitality.

1. Check to see if you are overweight or obese

To find out your BMI you need to divide your weight (measured in kilos) by your height (measured in metres) squared. If the result is greater than 25, your health may be improved by losing weight.

2. Match your diet to your body’s requirements

If you eat and drink more calories than your body requires you will put on weight. Learn to control calories and portion sizes. Make recipes leaner and eat infrequently from fast food restaurants. Also learn how to replace high-calorie snacks with healthy choices.

3. Colour your diet with a large variety of cancer-fighting fruit and vegetables

There are seven different color ranges of both fruit and vegetables and by choosing between 5 to 9 daily serves from a wide range of fruit and vegetables, we are increasing our consumption of cancer (and other disease) fighting nutrients.

4. Eat lean protein with every meal

Protein provides a powerful signal to the brain, sending the message that you feel full for longer. The right source of protein is essential to controlling your hunger with fewer calories and is necessary to maintaining your lean muscle mass. Possible protein options are: flavored soy shakes with fruit; the white meat of chicken and turkey, seafood such as shrimps, prawns, scallops and lobster and ocean fish - or vegetarians may prefer soy based meat substitutes.

5. Rev up your metabolism with activity

If you want to enjoy a lifetime of wellbeing, exercise is a key ingredient. Thirty minutes of activity each day that takes as much effort as a brisk walk, is recommended for adults. Children should be active for an hour each day.

6. Get support to ensure you develop a healthful eating plan and reach your goal weight

A study called “Effects of Internet Behavioral Counseling on Weight Loss in Adults at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes,” shows that participants who had the support of weight loss coaching, lost more weight than those who didn’t. The study concluded that the support of a weight loss coach can significantly improve weight loss results.

Being overweight or obese has been identified (next to smoking), as the most preventable major risk to developing cancer. Even small weight losses have been shown to have beneficial health effects. So it’s never too late to start and you can never be too young or too old to be concerned about your health and to do something about achieving a more healthy weight.


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