Give the Gift of Good Health this Holiday Season!

Encouraging an overweight partner or close friend to shed some pounds could be your best gift to them this holiday season. Yet, while most people worry that an excessive waistline might be affecting their loved one’s health, a considerable number shy away from raising the matter with them.

In fact, a recent survey found that while 59% of people worried that a loved one’s excess waistline would lead to serious health problems, most would shy away from telling them their concerns for fear of hurting their feelings.

This is NOT the time to be shy!! Carrying too much fat around the waist raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke. This type of fat (called “visceral fat”) is metabolically more active than fat located under the skin and can trigger reactions in the body that disturb metabolic processes.

The answer? Weight loss caused by a low-calorie diet or exercise program can significantly reduce abdominal fat. The extend of the reduction depends on how overweight the person is and where their fat is distributed, but generally, the more excess abdominal fat they carry, the more they lose.

Several studies show that losing as little as 5 to 10% of initial body weight can reduce fat in the abdomen by an impressive 10 to 30%.

So… work up your courage! Suggest to a loved one with a large waistline that they should think about shedding a few pounds. Granted, it might not be a comfortable conversation, but as long as you do it sensitively, discussing it with them now could help them avoid critical health risks later down the line and could even save their life.

Encourage them to make simple lifestyle changes in the new year – such as becoming more active, making small alterations to their eating habits and replacing sugary drinks for water. And do it with the- the support of friends and family can help them be even more successful. In the long run it could be the best “present” of all – the present of good health!

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday!

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