Weight Loss Causes Dramatic Immune System Improvement

April 26, 2010 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Weight Loss Causes Dramatic Immune System Improvement
It is very clear that extra pounds are an inflammatory burden to your body that accelerates aging in multiple ways. Not only are there immune cells within your white adipose tissue getting all bent out of shape, the problem is spreading all around your body. A new study shows that obese people in poor metabolic condition who lose 15 pounds can drastically improve their immune system function simply by getting in a constant trend of weight loss.

This means that you don't have to lose all of your weight before you get health benefits that slow the onset of poor health and accelerated aging. It is important for any overweight person not to get discouraged but to do what it takes to actually get in the process of weight loss. When your body gets into a mode that is actually shedding pounds then you have created an internal environment wherein your immune system begins to function remarkably better.

We know that if you can then maintain that trend as you reach your goal weight that health problems associated with obesity are minimized. On the other hand, if you hit a plateau and don't progress or worse, you start to regain weight, then all the immune system problems start coming back again.

It was very obvious with the last round of swine flu that overweight, especially obese people, got the worst cases of the flu – a clear example of how obesity interferes with healthy immunity.

The really good news is that you can make a lot of health improvements long before you lose all of the weight you may need to lose. All you have to do is make an effort to get started and then consistently keep going.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Losing Weight Improves Immune Function  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism,  1.A. Viardot, R. V. Lord, K. Samaras.

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