Losing weight often helps those with high blood pressure to lower it, especially those who are overweight or obese. Weight loss can have a positive affect on your heart by reducing the strain on it. Excess weight makes the heart work harder to send or pump blood to all the cells in the body.
Even if you do not have high blood pressure but are overweight or your weight is increasing, there is the potential for high blood pressure to develop.
It is estimated that about 70% of people in the USA are overweight. A small weight loss can help lower blood pressure. To loose weight, there are a few basic things to action. These include increasing your level of physical activity, eating less and choosing a healthy diet. Your water consumption may need to increase. A health professional may be able to advise you how to set up a workable and achievable plan of action.
Loosing weight can be achieved by any number of restrictive food fads or diets. You may loose weight initially, but often it is short lived and not necessarily the healthiest way for your body. Often your body just wants to get back to its old known weight, so a thoughtful and considered change to your diet and an intention to make a long-term lifestyle change will see the outcome you desire.
There is plenty of information on wise food choices that could be very daunting and overwhelming. So make decisions that you know you can see yourself making good. Sometimes we eat when we think we are starving, but often we are thirsty and need water. Eating smaller portions and nuts, fresh fruit of vegetables when you feel peckish can satisfy your tummy in between meals.
Speaking of tummies, a few people who enjoy their alcohol, may have a tummy that reflects the high calories often in alcoholic drinks that they consume. Cutting back your consumption may also show as a cutback in tummy size, as well as benefitting you health-wise.
The inclusion of exercise or increased activity and movement can also contribute to weight loss and therefore lowered blood pressure. Building exercise that you enjoy into your daily routine is advisable. This can be done slowly and incrementally.
Making changes can be challenging, especially when some habits are so ingrained in us. Be patient and kind, but self-disciplined with your efforts.