There is an increasing number of people worldwide who need to lose weight, not just to look good but also to ward off those health conditions that obesity is linked too.
One way to lose that excess weight is through exercise, but the other health benefits should not be ignored either.
Just losing 5-10% of your bodyweight could reduce your risk of suffering a stroke or heart disease. With those who are overweight more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Losing weight through exercise can also help you to avoid both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, which can cause many other health problems.
Many types of Cancer have also been linked to being overweight or obese. Gallbladder, uterus, ovary, breast, cervix and colon Cancer is common amongst overweight women, while overweight men are at an increased risk of suffering from colon, prostate and rectum Cancer.
Finally, if you are overweight your joints are going to suffer due to the extra weight that it has to carry. For this reason overweight people are more likely to suffer from Osteoarthritis, which is a particularly painful condition.
What exercises to perform?
It really does not matter what form of exercise you choose to perform as long as you are not doing any.
A gym membership is always a good membership as it often includes use of other facilities, such as a swimming pool for example that is a great way to exercise without putting too much strain on your joints.
If you cannot afford a gym membership, especially in the current financial climate then there are plenty of workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
There are a variety of home workout DVDs, or you could just browse YouTube for examples for free.
You may even want to join a sports club as you will also be able to meet like minded people who may be able to support you in your journey.
What about your diet?
You need to remember that although exercise will help you to start shifting those excess pounds to see the best results you will need to make some changes to your current diet.
Cutting back on those takeaways and junk food is a good start. Although you should allow yourself the occasional treat.
Increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables you eat daily, while your protein intake should also increase.
Protein is the perfect fuel for your body as it is slow to digest so will help to keep you fuller for longer, it can provide you with enough energy for your needs and can help to build lean muscle that look infinitely better than fat.
Water is also important for any weight loss attempt as it can help to keep cravings at bay due to your body often mistaking thirst for hunger. Furthermore, it can help to rid your body of those toxins that prevent weight loss from occurring.
Combine a healthy diet with regular exercise and you will soon see big changes to your body, not just on the scale but in front of the mirror too.