43 to 51 points: You're ready to start the 17 Day Diet and enjoy success—congratulations! You must believe you can do this. It doesn't matter how often you have failed in the past; your past does not equal your future. What matters now is focusing on what you want, identifying what you need to get it and taking action. Your health and happiness are important, so stand strong.
One of my patients joked recently about the pluses of her plus size: "I can shoplift in my cleavage. And I don't have to ask my boyfriend, 'Do I look fat in this?' I do." That conversation got me thinking about some of the health advantages to being overweight. Although I don't recommend staying fat, there are some pluses to being a plus size. Here are six ways in which some padding can tip the scales in your favor.
Stronger Bones A little meat on your frame can ward off osteoporosis, a condition of fragile bones that's less likely to occur in overweight women. Weight-bearing bones stay stronger.
Healthier Hearts and Lower Risk of Diabetes Women with larger thighs have a lower risk of heart disease and early death, says a study in the British Medical Journal. Those with stick-thin legs face the greatest chance of developing heart disease. Why? Added lower-body muscle mass can promote a better metabolism. Also, a 2008 study published in Cell Metabolism found that the fat that accumulates around the thighs and hips, called subcutaneous fat, actually lowers risk of diabetes. Pear shapes, be proud.
Glowing Skin Recent twin studies have found that the sister with more weight was judged to have a more youthful look. A gaunt face can definitely add some years, so carrying an extra few pounds can help create a more youthful appearance. It may also help to fill out a few of those more significant wrinkles that scream out "aging!"
Bigger Boobs The more you weigh, the bigger they get. Breasts are made up of mostly fat, and any excess pounds practically go straight to your chest. Unfortunately, when you lose weight, boob flab is one of the first things to go.
Increased Fertility Are you thinking of starting—or growing—your family? Underweight women were 72 percent more likely to miscarry, reports a London study. More specifically, leaner women when they conceived had a much higher percentage of miscarrying within three months of pregnancy. However, those few extra pounds on overweight women actually proved to have the opposite effect on their pregnancy.
Faster Metabolism It's not the skinny folks who have a fast metabolism; it's the overweight people! It takes more energy to operate anything bigger, so bigger people use more energy to do the same things that smaller people do. But metabolism isn't the only thing that determines weight; it's also how much you eat and exercise that matters.
Best Reason of All People who are really out of shape, who start exercising, get fitter faster! The fact is your body wants to be in shape. It wants to be healthy. It wants to look good. It wants to be hot! So, the more out of shape you are, the faster your body will respond to your weight loss efforts.
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