Three Things Excessive Weight Does to Your Life.

( Excessive weight can be dangerous for your body, mind and spirit. In short, what your body experiences can wreck your life. The mind-body connection is such a crucial aspect of life; it impacts every aspect of who we are as humans.

Excessive weight is defined as the amount of weight that exceeds the ideal body weight, as measured by your body mass index (BMI). Usually, a BMI of over twenty-five percent is the starting point for unhealthy weight.

Excessive weight creeps into our perspective and becomes the silent killer of our dreams. This is not to suggest that if you are overweight or obese you cannot dream; it is to say, though, that being overweight or obese is a significant deterrent to making your dreams come true simply because of the physical load one must carry while pursuing one’s dreams. In short, how much easier can you pursue you aspirations while experiencing good health as opposed to the opposite?

To get a start on your best life, consider these three things excessive weight does to your perspective.

Puts You at Greater Risk for Serious Illness

First, excessive fat weight puts you at greater risk for serious illness. A lot of people say, “I am overweight but I am healthy”. Such a view is reasonable but misses out on one important reality of being a human being: things do not remain the same. In other words, what are the chances that you will remain ‘healthy’ if you continue doing nothing while also remaining overweight or obese? Not good. As we age, it becomes harder to remain healthy; our muscles wear away; our bones become more brittle and our bodies generally get weaker. That’s when serious illnesses such as cancers, diabetes and metabolic illnesses find a way into our bodies and wreck our lives.

Contributes to Mental Inertia

There is a profound correlation between excessive fat weight and mental inertia. To paraphrase, ‘mental inertia’ is the feeling produced when one feels slow or unresponsive to one’s physical environment. It’s the feeling of sluggishness we tend to feel throughout our day. A lot of people say to me, when commenting on their readiness to get fit, “I gotta get my mind right!” My response: just move your body and your mind will follow! This is supplemented by science; the more dormant our bodies, the more unresponsive our mental state. Ever heard a person who’s just completed a high-intensity, twenty-minute interval workout say, “I feel great!” afterwards? That’s because the brain, sensing the activity of the body, floods the body with “feel good” hormones – resulting in a sensation of euphoria that sitting on a sofa cannot produce.

Makes You Less Productive

Excessive weight – closely related to mental inertia – also results in less productivity. Mental inertia leads to physical exhaustion. Your body produces enough energy to basically get you through the demands of your physical environment – getting up for work, kids to school, the workday itself etc. In a sense, your body supplies just enough energy to accomplish its basic tasks. To accomplish more, to be MOST productive and perform at optimal levels, the body simply needs more energy. That’s where dropping excessive weight comes in. Many people report feeling ‘light’ after losing weight; their productivity increases because their energy increases. If you want to be more productive and get more out of your day, drop the weight.

Your best body is your best life!

Staff Writer; W. Eric Croomes

This talented brother is a holistic lifestyle exercise expert and founder and executive coach of Infinite Strategies LLC, a multi-level coaching firm that develops and executes strategies for fitness training, youth achievement and lifestyle management. Eric is an author, fitness professional, holistic life coach and motivational speaker.

In October 2015, Eric released Life’s A Gym: Seven Fitness Principles to Get the Best of Both, which shows readers how to use exercise to attract a feeling of wellness, success and freedom (Infinite Strategies Coaching LLC, 2015) –