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Just One of the Benefits of Weight Loss: Lowering Your Blood Pressure

If you’ve ever spent time trying to come up with a strategy of how to lower blood pressure, you’ll know that it’s no easy task. When it comes to your blood pressure, for many the best results come from a strategy that is simple in its approach, like honing in on a healthy weight.  Lowering your blood pressure is just one of the many heart health benefits to weight loss.

It’s quite a simple relationship that exists between your weight and your blood pressure. Basically, the more there is of you, the harder your heart has to work. That means that if you’re overweight, your heart is working harder than it should be. According to the American Heart Association, losing as little as 10 extra pounds can significantly improve your blood pressure. If you’re overweight, it might not even take 10 pounds to start seeing your blood pressure drop.

It is important to note though that speed is not the goal here. The healthiest way, in fact, is to lose about one pound per week. This can be accomplished through small cuts in your daily caloric intake, added exercise or a combination of both. In order to lose one pound per week, you need to burn 3,500 calories more in that week span than your body consumes. Breaking that down to one day at a time, it’s as simple as eating 250 calories less than your daily allotment and burning 250 calories more.  Avoid resorting to crash diets for rapid weight loss, as this can make it harder to keep the weight off in the long run and put unnecessary strain on your heart—which of course nullifies the weight loss benefits you sought after in the first place.

For more information on how to maintain (normal or healthy) blood pressure and the benefits of a healthy weight plan, speak to your doctor today, and ask how MegaRed® can help promote a healthy heart when added to a regimen of diet and exercise.