There Are Many Reasons Why Being Overweight Is Bad For

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There are many reasons why being overweight is bad for your health. It can, for example, cause or aggravate type 2 diabetes. Obesity is also a risk factor for heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. So what do you have to do to lose weight? Eat less and move more is the trite answer usually received by someone who is overweight. Of course you can lose weight by reducing the food you eat (energy intake) or increasing the amount of exercise you get (energy output). But the problem of effective weight-loss is much more complex than simply changing the balance between the calories you consume and the calories you expend in your daily activities. The search for an effective weight-loss formula requires answers to these four…show more content…
These findings explain why people with the obesity-risk variant of the FTO gene eat more and prefer higher calorie foods... even before they become overweight... compared with those with the low-risk version of the gene. The FTO gene is not the only genetic cause of obesity, which is likely to be due to the sum of several genes working together. If you have these 'bad ' genes, however, you are not necessarily destined to become overweight... but you are more likely to end up obese if you over-eat. Having these genes also means that you will need to exercise greater discipline over your diet throughout out your life, especially when you have managed to shred a few pounds and want to keep them off. How many calories should you cut to lose weight? The big question for dieters has always been... how many calories do I need to cut out of my diet in order to reduce my weight by a set amount, eg one pound or kilogram? Once upon a time there was a clear-cut answer to this question. In 1958 Max Wishnofsky, a New York doctor, wrote a paper that summed up everything known at that time about how calories are stored in our bodies. He concluded that, if your weight is being held steady, it would take a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose one pound (454 grams) in weight. You could create the calorie deficit either by eating less or exercising more (to use up more calories). For example, if your weight is holding steady on a diet of 2,000
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