Obesity and My Heart: the Connection
Obesity and my heart, so what is the connection? Everybody agrees controlling your weight is often a challenge; it is seldom easy. Most people do agree, however, that the whole issue of being overweight, or obese, is far from rocket science. But it affects literally millions of people, men and women, both old and increasingly young. It’s described as a health time bomb, waiting to explode.
Obesity is basic stuff
Obesity is basic stuff. Recently, researchers asked a large group of ten-year-old children to think about how they would help the fat lady in the picture to lose weight and regain her health. A few hours later, they delivered a universal answer: take her food away! Quite amazing really, isn’t it? It almost seemed like the kids had been on a medical training course about the established and proven benefits of ‘fasting’.
Obesity and the Heart: How does it work?
So, we all know how obesity takes hold of our lives. It really is very basic stuff. Firstly, you take energy (fuel) into your body, by consuming food or drink. Secondly, you burn off that energy (fuel) by thermogenics. This is achieved by movement, either physical movement, or the amount of energy you expend per day with your basic metabolic rate. This is the energy you burn just by living and breathing.
Too much in creates a problem
So, the energy enters your body from the food and drink you consume. When you take in more fuel than your body burns that day, the remainder is very cleverly stored away as fat. So, fat is simply stored energy for us to use any time in the near future when food is scarce. But, of course, if you repeatedly take in more energy than you burn, and food is seldomly scarce, then your ever-growing reserves will result in you becoming obese.
It really is just so simple
It is, really, so simple. And the majority of people with just a little effort can take control and reverse the situation they find themselves in. If they really want to, of course. They need a little willpower maybe, or maybe an increased commitment. But with just a little effort, in all honesty, it is possible to reverse and control obesity.
A Downstream Solution
We have been working in the weight loss arena for over fifteen years. We don’t need reminding that we, like many other organisations, provide what is termed a ‘downstream’ solution to the ever-growing problem of obesity. Sarah above lost 140 pounds following her weight-loss treatment with us.
An Upstream Solution is Required
We help reverse the effects of obesity. It would be far better, however, if people were guided, inspired and given the basic information around the consumption of food and drink and helped to not become obese in the first place. That, of course, would be an ‘upstream solution’. That would almost certainly have to be a government-led initiative.
Heart Health and Obesity
Obesity, or just being overweight, affects people in a wide range of situations throughout their lives. Experts have understood the negative effect on the health of the overweight person’s heart for generations. But surprisingly, it’s not usually at the top of the list of reasons as to why people want to lose weight. Often the vision of them wearing a swimming costume on the beach, or the thought of them wearing a little black dress to an upcoming party is more important. The health aspects are often far from a priority.
Obesity and Heart Health
Excess weight often leads to fatty deposits building up in a person’s arteries (the blood vessels that carry blood to your organs). If the arteries that carry blood to your heart become damaged and clogged, it can lead to a heart attack. If this happens in the arteries that carry blood to your brain it can lead to a stroke, or vascular dementia.
A Little Fat is Good
Everyone needs to retain some body fat to stay healthy. However, if you have too much, especially around your waist area, then this can be dangerous. Our bodies have two types of fat; many people are only concerned about the fat they can see and feel, which is positioned directly under your skin. This is called subcutaneous fat.
Obesity : Link Between Visceral Fat and Heart Health
But the much more important risk to a person’s health comes from a type of fat called visceral fat. This type of fat lies around our internal organs, such as our heart. Visceral fat is responsible for raising the cholesterol in your blood. It also increases your blood pressure, and your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Your Weight, Obesity and Your Heart Health
When it comes to our heart health, we often think of things like cholesterol, blood pressure and exercise. But many people are not aware of just how big a part your weight and level of obesity has on the health of your heart and its ability to function. It seems almost obvious that obesity, or carrying around any extra weight will add an ever-growing strain on your heart health, possibly resulting in problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
A little weight loss makes a big difference
When you are overweight, or obese, your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. This added strain on your heart can lead to a wide range of problems. In addition, being overweight can also cause changes in the way your body metabolises sugar. As we have already said, each of these conditions linked to obesity can, of course, have a serious impact on your heart health.
Lose just 5-10 percent and save your life
Fortunately, even modest weight loss and a small reduction in your level of obesity can have a big impact on your heart health. In fact, studies have shown that losing as little as 5-10% of your body weight can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, or having a stroke. So if you’re carrying around a few, or many, extra pounds, here are a few tips to help you start on your weight-loss journey:
In conclusion, the connection between obesity and heart health is a stark reality that affects millions of individuals across the globe. While the issue of obesity may seem basic in its essence – an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure – its consequences are anything but simple.
Obesity is often described as a ticking health time bomb, a challenge that demands our attention and concerted efforts. While it’s easy for children to suggest that taking food away from someone can help them lose weight, the reality is more complex. Obesity’s impact on the heart is a serious concern, as it can lead to the buildup of fatty deposits in arteries, ultimately posing a risk of heart attack, stroke, or vascular dementia.
The solution to obesity lies not only in downstream treatments but also in upstream initiatives, which involve educating, inspiring, and guiding individuals to make healthier choices regarding their food and drink consumption. Government-led efforts and a collective commitment to promoting a healthier lifestyle are vital steps in preventing obesity and its associated heart health risks.
Long Term Benefits
While visions of fitting into a swimsuit or a little black dress may drive many to address their weight concerns, it’s essential to prioritize the long-term health benefits that come with weight management. Obesity’s impact on heart health serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of taking control of our weight and overall well-being. With a little effort, commitment, and the right support, it is possible to reverse and control obesity, ensuring a healthier heart and a brighter future.
5 Tips to Start You Off
1. First, resist the urge to go for fast, maximum, short-term results. The majority of the weight lost this way will return, sometimes very quickly. Pace yourself; it’s true that in the first few weeks of a new weight-loss regime you will see an elevated level of weight loss. But after that, you should expect to see something around one to two pounds weight loss per week. This is both realistic and achievable.
2. Increase your physical activity level. As has been said so many times, by us and many others, exercise alone will never result in weight loss. But it’s also true that doing even a small amount of of physical activity is beneficial to your health. In addition to cutting calories, it will help you burn more calories if you take even a little moderate exercise.
3. Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet is an important part of any weight-loss plan. Focus on eating a diet low in carbohydrates and whole grains and lean protein. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks and excessive amounts of saturated and unhealthy fats. You can find many pages on this website that will both guide and inspire you around adopting a low-carbohydrate diet.
4. Get support from others. Losing weight can be challenging, so it’s important to have a support system in place. Ask your friends and family for encouragement and accountability.
5. Be patient. Losing weight takes time, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Just keep making healthy choices day after day and trust that the pounds will eventually start to come off.
Obesity and Your Heart
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FAQ 1:How does obesity lead to heart disease?
ANSWER: Obesity leads to heart disease for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is that it increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. When you are overweight, your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. This added strain on your heart can lead to a wide range of problems.
Heart Health and Obesity
In addition, being overweight can also cause changes in the way your body metabolises sugar, which can increase the chances of developing diabetes. Diabetes is another major risk factor for heart disease. All of these conditions can of course have a serious impact on your heart health.
FAQ 2: How much weight do I need to lose to improve my heart health?
ANSWER: Even modest weight loss can have a big impact on your heart health. In fact, studies have shown that losing as little as 5-10% of your body weight can reduce your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke. So if you’re carrying around a few, or many extra pounds, even a small amount of weight loss can have a big impact on your health.
FAQ 3: What are the best ways to lose weight?
ANSWER: The best ways to lose weight are those that are sustainable in the long term. Quick-fix diets or fad diets might result in some initial weight loss, but it’s often not long before the weight is back on. The best approach to losing weight is to do it gradually, through a combination of diet and lifestyle changes. This way you’re more likely to keep the weight off in the long term. The My Weigh Less downloadable weight-loss course provides a healthy, sustainable, permanent weight-loss solution.
Obesity and Your Heart
Are you tired of trying an endless list of diets that just don’t work? And becoming weary of your efforts, which always result in you regaining all the lost weight? Are you looking for a medically endorsed solution; one based on thousands of hours of clinical experience? Maybe something that doesn’t involve following a restrictive diet, doing lots of exercise, or having invasive surgery…?
So, go ahead, relax, and take a few minutes to daydream… What would it be like to be slim and healthy, to be at your target weight? Can you imagine if you never had to go on a diet again, or be afraid of food? What if you were able to enjoy every social event, with the amazing feeling of extra energy, and improved self-esteem?
Award-Winning Weight-Loss Solution
Read on to find out about our award-winning solution! But first, allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Martin and Marion Shirran, and we have worked in the field of weight loss for almost 20 years. We are both clinical therapists, and the developers of the globally acclaimed Gastric Mind Band Permanent Weight-Loss Treatment.
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Articles about our successful clients have appeared in many different newspapers, including the Daily Mail, The Times, The Telegraph and the Express. Additionally, magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Hello, Woman, Reader’s Digest and Psychologies have featured our work.
Over a thousand people, including medical professionals, celebrities, and members of the public, have travelled from around the world, to experience our weight-loss treatment. They invested their time and money because we are regarded as specialists in the weight-loss arena.
Successful Weight Loss
Some clients simply want to shed their excess weight to look better, however others tell us that health is the main reason. Many of our past clients have successfully reversed medical conditions such as insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease, whereas others have managed to avoid having knee, or hip replacement surgery. Others have reduced their obesity and improved their heart health as a result.
Reduce your Obesity and Improve your Heart Health
Our weight-loss approach has been the subject of continued research and development over the last fifteen years. Sharon, above, lost 75 pounds. Our youngest client was just fourteen, and the oldest, eighty-six. You may be interested to read about some of our successful clients and see a selection of before and after photos on our Success Stories page.
Some clients wished to lose just a few pounds to fit into their wedding dress. However, Katie, above, lost 100 pounds, and Sarah, below, went on to lose over 140 pounds. As a result, she was featured globally on the TV and in the press. Follow this link to sign up for our course now, and you can start your weight-loss journey today.
Psychology-Focused Weight-Loss Method
The treatment is based on proven science, incorporating Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Neuroplasticity. It also includes our own Life Architecture Therapy, along with TCBT, our upgraded version of CBT, which is the subject of our bestselling book, published globally by Hay House. Professor Windy Dryden, of Goldsmiths University in London, endorsed the book, and Professor Philip Zimbardo, of Stanford University in the USA, wrote the foreword.
Obesity and Your Heart: The Connection
You can feel comfortable in the knowledge that our weight-loss approach has been the treatment of choice by many different medical specialists, including doctors, dentists, nurses, anaesthetists and consultant surgeons. You may like to read more details on our Medical Endorsements page.
So, how would you feel, if you had the opportunity today, to sit down over an ever flowing cup of coffee, with two experienced, weight-loss specialists? And, what if, over the course of 12 hours, we explained everything you need to know to effortlessly achieve permanent weight loss? And we also shared with you all the tips, techniques and secrets we normally reserve exclusively for our visiting international clients?
My Weigh Less Downloadable Weight-Loss Course
Well, the good news is you can! And that’s because we have spent many months completely reformatting our unique, phenomenally successful approach to weight loss. As a result, the course is now instantly available to download to your phone, tablet, or computer. This also means that you can complete the entire course, without having to leave the comfort and security of your own home. Welcome to the ‘My Weigh Less Master Class’!
Obesity and my Heart
Read on the pages of this website how the award-winning ‘My Weigh Less’ downloadable treatment is successfully delivering what is surely ‘utopia’ to dieters; a medically endorsed, proven, weight-loss approach that provides permanent results. The programme is also based on over 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours. My Weigh Less can help you reach your weight-loss goals. Follow this link to sign up for our course now, and you can start your weight-loss journey.
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Marion Shirran, as a director of Oxford Therapeutics Limited, is proud to be a registered Stakeholder in NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Additionally, she is involved in the government’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity.
We were proud to be nominated the ‘Most Innovative Obesity Psychological Therapy Service’ in the UK Mental Health Awards 2022.
We also appeared on the This Morning TV show, with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
And, in 2010, we travelled to New York to be interviewed on the Good Morning America TV Show.
We are also co-authors of two, bestselling books, on the topic of non-surgical weight loss, published by Hay House.
Obesity and my Heart
Below is a selection of weight-loss tips that everyone can start using straight away. And, if you enroll in the My Weigh Less Course, you will learn many more of our helpful tips and techniques about how to achieve successful, permanent weight loss.
Tip No. 1 – Only Eat When You’re Hungry!
This has to be our number one, golden rule, when it comes to achieving successful weight loss. In our experience, most overweight people eat for many different reasons, other than physical hunger. But, if you allow your emotions to control your eating habits, then it is unlikely that you will be able to control your weight as a result. So, before you reach for anything to eat, stop and ask yourself first if you physically NEED to eat, or you just WANT to…
Tip No. 2 – Use a Smaller Plate!
You’ve probably heard this many times before, but it’s a fact that people who use larger plates tend to eat more food than those who eat from smaller plates. No doubt you know about the power of optical illusions. But are you aware of just how much more generous the same size portion of food appears, when presented on a smaller plate, instead of a larger one? Have a look at the image below. It’s known as the Delboeuf optical illusion. If you stick to our mantra, “always go for quality over quantity”, then you will definitely lose weight much more easily.
Tip No. 3 – Drink a Glass or Two of Water Before Your Meal!
Reduce your calorie intake by over 20%, with almost with no effort! Research results, published by Harvard Medical showed that people who drank two large glasses of water, just before eating, on average, consumed around 20% less food compared with when they didn’t drink anything before they ate. This is possibly as a result of the stretching and fullness sensation in the stomach.
Tip No. 4 – Eat Slowly and Mindfully!
A growing number of studies have consistently found a correlation between speed of eating and weight, so it is officially accepted now that faster eaters are definitely more likely to become overweight. Studies have also shown that people are much more likely to eat more when their eating is mindless, as opposed to mindful. So, make meal times an occasion by sitting down at a table, with no distractions. Then eat slowly and savour every mouthful. You will naturally eat less food and also find it easier to lose weight as a result!
Tip No. 5 – Stay Away From Sugar and Highly Processed Foods!
It’s a fact that sugar and highly processed foods have addictive properties! So much so, that many people find that once they start eating these foods, they literally can’t stop. And, of course, if you’re making such poor food choices, this in turn will make it almost impossible for you to lose weight. So, our advice is to choose healthy, unprocessed foods and limit the amount of sugar you consume. As a result, you will have far more control over how much you eat and also how much weight you can lose.
Tip No. 6 – Eat Your Favourite Foods on the Plate First!
You may not be aware of how important this tip is, but the order in which you eat your food can actually have a big impact on how much you consume! It’s quite common for overweight people to “save the best til last” when eating. In other words they only eat their favourite food right at the end. It’s not so surprising then, that they also tend to eat everything on their plate, regardless of how uncomfortably full they feel. Because, of course, they don’t want to miss out on the “best bit”!
However, our advice is to eat your favourite things first. Not only will you enjoy it more, but it’s also much easier to stop when you’ve eaten just the right amount and leave the rest on the plate.
You can read a full breakdown of all the components included in the treatment package on the Course Details page. There is also an explanation of the treatment on the Does This Work? page. We look forward to working with you. Additionally, you can read reviews from medical and other professionals on the Medical Endorsement page.
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