Just One of the Benefits of Weight Loss: Lowering Your Blood Pressure
Posted on 29th Jun 2017 @ 2:19 PM
- The relationship between weight loss and your blood pressure
- How being overweight affects your hearts work-rate
- The healthiest rate at which to lose weight
If you’ve ever spent time trying to come up with a strategy of how to lower blood pressure, you’ll know that it’s often no easy task. When it comes to your blood pressure, however, it may be best for some to just keep it plain and simple: hone in on a healthy weight. Lowering your blood pressure is just one of the many heart health benefits of weight loss.
It’s quite a simple relationship that exists between your weight and your blood pressure. Basically, the more there is of you, the harder your heart has to work. That means that if you’re overweight, your heart is working harder than it should be. According to the American Heart Association, losing as little as 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure. If you’re overweight, it might not even take 10 pounds to start seeing your blood pressure improve.
It is important to note though that speed is not the goal here. The healthiest way, in fact, is to lose about one pound per week. This can be accomplished through small cuts in calorie intake and added exercise. In order to lose one pound per week, you need to burn 3,500 calories more in that week span than you consume. Breaking that down to one day at a time, it’s as simple as eating 250 calories less than your daily allotment and burning 250 calories more. Avoid resorting to crash diets for rapid weight loss, as this can both make it harder to keep the weight off and put unnecessary strain on your heart—which of course nullifies the weight loss benefits you sought after in the first place.
For more information on how to maintain (normal or healthy) blood pressure and the benefits of a healthy weight, speak to your doctor today, and ask how MegaRed can promote a healthy heart when a part of a regimen of diet and exercise.