Freedom Friday- What Is the Best Way to Lose Weight?

me 24 years ago

Those of you who have been keeping up with my Freedom Friday posts may have begun to wonder—where is the weight going that I have been losing.  Well, no doubt many of you know that when we take in extra calories the physical aspect of those calories are stored in fat cells—hence the love handles and thunder thighs.  The more calories we take in, the more those fat cells swell.  But where does all of that stored material go when we lose weight?

As the fat cells release the extra material and shrink, that energy is transformed into water and carbon dioxide.  Of course, it is logical that the water would be excreted in the form of sweat and urine.  But what about the carbon dioxide—where does it go?  Well, what does your body normally do with carbon dioxide?  That’s right—you breathe it out!  I have to say that as a Respiratory Therapist this totally blew my mind.  I had never heard of this before.  But apparently it’s true.  I found several articles about it.

What Are Some of the Benefits of Weight Loss?

Eliminating all of this extra matter is really good for your body.  For one thing, it takes a lot of weight off of the lungs and makes it easier to breathe.  This is happening to me.  An asthmatic definitely does not need an extra issue making it more difficult to breathe.  I knew my ability to breathe would improve as I lost weight, and it has been getting better.  Once I get to my goal weight, I might not even need my inhaler anymore.  I was doing really well with my asthma before I gained all of this weight.  

Another perk of losing weight is it may help you to stop snoring.  One of the main reasons people snore is because the soft tissue in the throat relaxes and obstructs the airway.  As a person loses weight, this tissue decreases in size and snoring may get better or even stop.  Sleep apnea may be eliminated if enough weight is lost.  Of course, individuals with sleep apnea would always want to follow the advice of their health care provider.  It would be unsafe and unwise to just stop treatment for sleep apnea without proper testing.

Losing weight also helps to decrease the heart rate and blood pressure.  This can really help to prevent the chances of a heart attack or strokes.  This was one thing I was really concerned about since there is a history of heart disease in both my mom and dad, as well as my maternal grandfather.  I really want to avert the chances of these types of things happening to me.  I feel it is important to take control of the situation before the situation takes control of me.

Some of you may be working on losing weight yourselves and may wonder how to lose weight in the face.  If you go back and look at the original video I did for Freedom Friday and compare it with some of my more recent videos you will see that to an extent facial weight loss naturally happens.  But there are all kinds of articles and videos that explain how to foster that weight loss.  For some, weight loss in the face may lead to another concern.

Are There Any Drawbacks to Weight Loss?

If a person has a substantial amount of weight loss, loose skin may become an issue.  It certainly stands to reason that skin stretched out as a result of excess weight would become a problem.  While it may be difficult to eliminate this excess skin, there are some suggestions that can be found online.  Certain exercises may help to remedy the problem.  In other cases, more drastic measures may need to be taken.  It all depends on the individual circumstances.

It is very important to keep one thing in mind when in the process of losing weight.  It is crucial to avoid losing muscle while losing fat.  In fact, it is better if you can gain additional muscle in the process of losing weight.  That does not mean you have to look like a body builder.  Just doing weight bearing exercises helps to build muscle.  Small hand weights or weights that wrap around the wrists or ankles can be very helpful as well.  That’s why I am always saying to be sure to consult a healthcare professional—individualized assistance with a properly trained professional is key to success.

As for me, I will continue to share my healthy lifestyle adventure with you.  I hope you will continue to follow my progress—and maybe you will embark on some healthier lifestyle choices yourself.  If you do, feel free to share in the comments anytime.  I would love to hear about your successes.

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