If you are worried about your weight you are not alone. Over 99 million people in the United States are overweight. Being overweight is bad for your immune system because it causes excessive inflammation. Here are some of the reasons why you should lose weight:

The first reason:  the fat we dislike on our belly, butt, and thighs is toxic to our body. Scientists believe that excess fat releases a range of potentially toxic substances which can leave you open to illness or even trigger it.

The second reason:  toxic substances and chemicals we consume are stored in fatty tissue which makes it even more dangerous. These toxins can accumulate over time causing serious damage to the body.

The third reason:  body fat damages your metabolism by slowing it down and making it even harder for you to lose weight. When you exercise to build muscle you can reduce your overall percentage of body fat, and thus the number of toxins in your body, as you increase your metabolism. Lean muscle burns the calories you consume much more efficiently. This can lead to weight loss and healthy weight maintenance once you reach your weight loss goal.

The fourth reason:  it creates a persistent low level of chronic inflammation in the body.

If you can maintain a normal healthy weight, you will improve your overall health by reducing the wear and tear on your body from inflammation.

Making better choices about what you eat can help cut calories, and reduce inflammation, while adding disease-fighting antioxidants to your diet.

Eat a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables every day to help you lose weight. Make sure to include both anti-inflammatory foods like salmon, broccoli, olive oil, and peppers, and foods high in antioxidants found in artichokes, kidney beans, blueberries, apples and raspberries.

Fruits and vegetables should be the cornerstone of any attempt to lose weight in a healthy manner. The water content and fiber will keep you from feeling hungry so you won’t be tempted to snack. And, if you concentrate on adding fruits and vegetables to your diet you will be more likely to steer clear of foods that are bad for you, such as highly-processed sweets made with white sugar and white flour.

When you focus on eating a well-balanced diet and getting daily exercise, you will lose weight and feel better about yourself, as well as improve your mood and strengthen your immune system.

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