A recent study suggests that weight loss can help reverse atrial fibrillation - a heart condition that causes irregular heartbeat and often rapid heart rate. Here are a few simple tips to help you slim down and improve health.
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New Delhi: Losing a few pounds can go a long way in maintaining overall health. Being fit makes you look and feel good, it boosts your confidence automatically. It can improve all kinds of health problems, and even add years to your life. Having excess fat, particularly around the belly or the middle, increases your risk of many serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. Shedding a few extra kilos could mean your chances of developing these health problems are low. In fact, a recent study suggests that weight loss can help reverse atrial fibrillation - a heart condition that causes irregular heartbeat and often rapid heart rate.
The study done by the University of Adelaide researchers found that a 10 percent reduction in weight, along with management of associated risk factors, can reverse the progression of atrial fibrillation, also known as AF or A-fib. To come to this conclusion, the researchers studied 355 overweight or obese people who lost varying amounts of weight during the trial. “The study showed that if obese people lose more than 10 percent of their weight and subsequent management of other risks to their lifestyle, they can reverse the progression of the disease. People who lost weight experienced fewer symptoms, required less treatment and had better outcomes. Those who previously had sustained symptoms experienced only intermittent symptoms or indeed stopped experiencing AF entirely,” lead author Melissa Middeldorp said. Read: Want to get a flat tummy in 1 month? Eat curry leaves or Kadi patta to promote weight loss
According to Middeldorp, AF is a progressive disease in which initial short, intermittent symptoms develop into more sustained forms of the condition. Obesity and lifestyle factors are associated with its progression. This condition may have no symptoms, but when they do occur, patients may experience palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc.
“This is the first time that evidence has been found that if people who are obese and are suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF) the disease can be alleviated by losing weight and treating lifestyle factors,” lead author Melissa Middeldorp said.
The study, published in the journal Europace, showed that weight loss and treating lifestyle factors is an essential component for effectively managing AF, in many instances being an alternative to surgery or drug intervention. Without weight loss, there is a progression of AF to more persistent forms of AF, the authors added.
To enjoy the real health benefits of losing weight, you don’t have to slim down to your high school size. Perhaps, shedding just a few pounds can make a big difference. The good thing is that there are many effective ways to help you lose unwanted flab without following an extreme calorie restriction diet or vigorous exercise regime. Making simple changes to your lifestyle and adopting them consistently can be helpful when it comes to achieving a happy weight and getting back in shape. Here are five painless ways to lose weight fast:
- Make realistic changes to your diet and physical activity, ensuring that they become a part of your daily routine.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grain, etc.
- Include healthy fats that will help boost your metabolism, increase satiety, protect against diseases – all of which are important to make you lean.
- Make sure that you get enough protein (lean proteins) in each one of your meals - chicken, eggs, fish and seafoods are good sources of protein. Eating a high-protein breakfast has been shown to reduce cravings and calorie intake throughout the day.
- Avoid or cut back on junk and processed foods, sugar-sweetened beverages to avoid adding extra calories to your body.
- Drink plenty of water - one study found that drinking water half an hour before meals increased weight loss by as much as 44 percent over months.
- Stay physically active by including a workout regime into your daily schedule.
Truth is there is no such thing as a magical pill or a belly blaster, the real key to successful weight loss is to adopt a healthy lifestyle that suits your individual needs and that you can stick to it for life.