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Health risk overweight: help a few pounds less
Most of those affected also know that being overweight is bad for their health. Nevertheless, they often find it difficult to reduce their weight. Experts recommend that people who want to lose weight should not set their goals too high. Just a few pounds less benefit your health.
More and more Germans are too fat
The number of overweight people in Germany continues to increase. 59 percent of men and 37 percent of women are overweight, the German Nutrition Society (DGE) reported a few weeks ago. The rise in obesity in recent years has been particularly worrying. Because overweight is associated with a great health risk. Most people are aware of this, but they still have problems losing weight permanently. Experts recommend that you do not set your weight loss goals too high.
Being overweight is a health hazard
Health experts, such as the German Society for Internal Medicine, warn that obesity makes you sick. Obesity is a risk factor for numerous lifestyle diseases.
These include secondary diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular problems or arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
In addition, being overweight increases the risk of joint wear (arthrosis) and cancer.
Even small weight loss has positive effects
According to experts, even a minimal weight loss shows clear positive effects. In addition to a healthy, low-calorie and low-fat diet, sport would be very helpful here. This not only burns calories, but also dispels the constant hunger, as scientists reported.
Prof. Martina de Zwaan, director of the Clinic for Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the Medical University of Hanover (MHH) has another important tip in a message from the dpa news agency: Accordingly, those wanting to lose weight should lower their expectations and initially only lose five to ten percent body weight.
"It is better to lose five kilos and keep this weight than to want too much and then give up," said the expert.
Don't go shopping hungry
In order to lose weight without a yo-yo effect, experts recommend a permanent diet with fewer calories.
According to de Zwaan, people who want to change their eating habits shouldn't be tempted themselves. She said, "I advise small plates, for example." Scientific studies have already shown that small plates can help you lose weight.
According to the expert, studies also show that people are geared towards eating when there is something to eat. Therefore, it is advisable not to go shopping hungry.
And if you have sinned, it is important not to despair immediately. "It happens and it's not bad," said de Zwaan. It was crucial to keep going anyway - and to wrestle for every kilogram less. (ad)