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You Should Lose That Belly Fat

Five Reasons to Drop Weight

I recently came across an inspiring weight loss story. It’s about a married mother of two from a small town in Oregon. She was in her late thirties, ran a yarn shop, and weighed 352 pounds! Worried about her skyrocketing blood pressure and realizing death was a possibility, she started dieting and exercising. A year later, she became a fitness trainer. Six years later, she competed in a bodybuilding contest at a lean 139 pounds!

What struck me was the fact that she could have made this decision at any point in her life. Why wait until your late thirties to get into the best shape of your life? Then the light bulb went off in my head – MOTIVATION!

You already know the good foods from the bad. You have a gym membership you never use. You may even have a brand new treadmill in your basement that remains untouched.  So why aren’t you doing what you know is good for you? The answer – motivation. If that sounds like you, here are 5 compelling reasons why you should start losing weight today:

You can reduce your cancer risk: Over 500 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer every day. Breast and prostate cancer are the most common. They’re both strongly linked to estrogen exposure. Body fat produces estrogen. Many environmental chemicals that mimic estrogen are also stored in body fat. Reduce your body fat, reduce your cancer risk!

You can have a healthier heart: According to the American College of Cardiology, individuals with excessive abdominal fat have a greater risk of heart disease and cancer. This alone should motivate you to flatten your belly this summer!

You’ll live longer: Being very obese can reduce your lifespan by up to 10 years! Lose fat and enjoy a longer retirement!

You’ll look more attractive: Most of us find healthy looking individuals more attractive. If you’re single, losing weight may be the key to your next date. If you’re married, rejuvenate your love-life by dieting and exercising with your spouse. You’ll begin to find each other more attractive.

You’ll feel happier: A 2010 study from the Archives of General Psychiatry found that obesity can increase depression risk by 55%! Get out of the doldrums by exercising. When you exercise, you release endorphins, which are known to trigger positive feelings in the body. Even better, toned abs will boost your self confidence!

So you might not be a 352-pound mother of two on the verge of cardiac arrest. However, these 5 reasons should be more than enough motivation to lay off the sweets, get into the gym, and lose that stubborn fat this summer. Start now!