Researches have revealed that extra body weight is closely correlated with high blood pressure. Many studies have reported that reduction of weight have resulted in the lowering of blood pressure of individuals with hypertension. For people below forty, losing weight can help in reversing their high blood pressure. If you reduce the body mass index to 25 or lower than that and keep it there, then there is a good possibility of normalising your blood pressure. The body index can be found out by dividing body weight in kilograms by square of individual’s height in metres. Whereas in the case of middle aged and older individuals, the possibility of reducing the blood pressure is lower, through loss of weight. Blood pressure starts to reduce as soon as a person starts to lose weight even if it is only a few pounds. Doctors usually advices overweight patients with high blood pressure to lose weight.
Even with appropriate medication, sometimes it is not possible to get the blood pressure of overweight people down. The medications become more effective when they lose around a stone (about six kilograms) in weight. Keep a watch on your diet and exercise regularly. This will not only help to reduce your blood pressure, but also help you to feel good by keeping fit. It will also lower the chance of developing diabetes or having a stroke or heart attack. People having high blood pressure are susceptible to developing diabetes eventually in life.
Weight management is an ongoing process. The position of excess fat in your body determines the risk to the body. Although position of the extra fat is often hereditary, generally men are apple-shaped (excess fat stored around the belly) and women are pear shaped (extra fat in the area of thighs and hips). Being apple-shaped increases the risk to the heart. The process of slimming must be done at a steady slow pace. Don’t try to lose fat quickly. “Fad diet” will only work for short term. In the long haul, it will become impossible to stick to it. People normally fall back to their old habit of eating and regaining the lost weight and falls into a cycle of losing and gaining weight. Try to lose around half to one pound in a week.
Not only body weight must be kept under control, but also body fat, as it is fat and not muscle that is the cause of blood pressure. Avoid consuming more calories than you expend. It is vital to have increased energy throughput more than energy balance. To acquire the state of substituting fat with muscle, take more exercise and eat sensibly. Change might not be immediate when you check the scales. Don’t get discouraged and give up. Persist and in the longer time, you will succeed in losing weight. It is significant to remember that losing weight without exercise will not have as much effect as losing the same weight through exercising. Your diet must take its cue from your hunger and fulfilment. Consume less sugar and fat, but include a high proportion of vegetables and fruits, as well as drink lots of water.