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Losing Weight For A Healthy Heart

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You hare have a weight problem and have decided to do something about it. You are 50 pounds or more heavier than you should be, or your BMI, (body mass index) is 40,Obese is 30. What does this have to do with the heart. Well remember your heart is the pump of your body and the pump is a muscle. When you are obese your muscle will have fat within it's tissue. The wall of the heart will enlarge and that is just what fat does to the heart.

Your body and vascular system will now start to take a hit and eventually if not already you will be finding out that you are diabetic which is another silent killer not to mention problems with the kidneys and other vital organs. Your heart will have to work two or even three times as hard to pump the blood to limbs that are coated in fat and do not move very well or often. Your joints will start to hurt from the excessive weight and lack of movement and it will only get worse.

But your body is a amazing machine. Yes there is hope but do not wait to long. Your body can recover if you take action. You will need to go on a diet and start a exercise plan that will allow you to start losing weight and burn fat or possibly have bariatric surgery.

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology recently studied obese people that had a BMI that averaged around 40. They found that the heart tissue became noticeably thinner and much more efficient when they were able to drop their BMI to around 32. This study looked at both types of people that either went on a diet and those that had bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is designed to help you lose weight by reducing the amount of food the stomach can receive or metabolize. It usually involves one of three types of surgery. But the surgery has a tendency to last much longer in keeping the weight off.

Losing weight by dieting is the most desirable form of weight loss because it is the most natural. The problem is that most dieters do not keep off the weight and gradually add more weight than when they started. This is the norm but if you learn the correct way to go on a diet you will be able to keep the weight off because you are making a lifestyle change and a habit change.

At Oxford researchers used a variety of machines such as cardiac MRI, x-rays and others to get detailed looks and statistics on 37 obese participants. They compared these with some normal people to get a detailed numbers on normal hearts. They found that even though obese people will have blood pressure reading in the normal range or just a little elevated they found the heart to already starting to show signs of problems with valves and walls of the heart. They found that blood pumping chambers of the heart where thicker and usually did not hold the blood back or leaked when the heart was at rest.

Most studies whether they were at the Cleveland Clinic or Oxford all found that once the patient lost weight and kept it off the heart started to become normal and increased the volume of blood that it could pump and overall became healthier. This happened in all the cases as long as the weight stayed off. This is another reason why obese people must be careful as to what they do and make sure they are healthy enough to handle a diet and the exercise to go along with it. In most cases if the exercise is gradual and Increased as the you lose weight this will help the heart become stronger and remove the fat and thickening of the walls.

But a lifestyle change must happen and the weight that you lose must stay off. You must be determined to lose the weight and keep it off and this can be done with the correct diet and exercise along with the knowledge to do it correctly.

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