If you’ve been wanting to lose weight, a group of international researchers has eight urgent reasons why you should start immediately. Obesity has now been linked to eight additional types of cancer. While five types of cancer were already linked to obesity, scientists recently discovered a direct relationship between high body mass indices (BMIs) and the following cancers:
Meningioma (a type of brain tumor)
Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to lose weight—and eight weight loss tips can also reduce your risk of cancer.
When losing weight, a healthy diet is paramount. One of the best ways to do this is to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, which are lower calorie foods that will fill you up without piling on the calories. However, don’t neglect healthy proteins, like fish and eggs. They will satiate your appetite longer and take more energy to digest than carbohydrates. When you do eat carbs, make sure to stick to whole grains like brown rice or whole wheat. Also, cut down on snack foods.
As part of a healthy diet, you’ll also want to reduce your intake of salty and smoked foods, like potato chips or smoked jerky. Not only will this help you to lose weight, studies have indicated a link between stomach cancer and eating salty and smoked foods.
Do Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic exercise, like walking, running, or yoga, has been shown to be very effective in burning calories. It has also been shown to be effective at reducing belly fat. This is important since belly fat is the fat that builds up around your internal organs and causes heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Aerobic exercise, along with other physical activities has also been shown to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. According to one study, regular exercise can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by 11 percent.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
If you’re a heavy drinker, it’s time to stop. Drinking only three beers in a night can give you about 450 calories you really don’t need. That’s about the same amount of calories most people have for lunch! The same goes for most other alcoholic beverages, including whiskey, bourbon, and vodka.
Cutting down on drinking can also reduce your risk of cancer. Heavy drinking has been associated with an increased risk of colon, breast, kidney, lung and liver cancer, and the risk only gets higher the longer you’ve been drinking regularly.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea has always been well-regarded by doctors for its health benefits, due to its high antioxidant levels. One of those benefits is its effect on weight loss. Studies have shown that overweight individuals who drank green tea with caffeine lost over two and a half pounds in 90 days—with no changes to their diet or exercise!
The antioxidants in green tea may also be effective in preventing cancers such as thyroid cancer. They are known to neutralize free radicals, which can cause cellular damage. Studies have also found that the chemicals found in green tea can actually cause some cancerous tumors to shrink.
While aerobic exercise is an excellent way to burn calories, weight lifting offers additional benefits. The biggest benefit is that it can counter your body going into starvation mode as a result of dieting. Starvation mode can lead to your metabolism slowing down and muscle loss, both of which are countered by weight training.
When combined with a regular exercise routine, lifting weights has also been shown to reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, one study found weightlifters had a 40 percent less risk of cancer!
Get More Sleep
Sleep may be as important to weight loss as diet and exercise. A study in the May 2008 Sleep journal showed a link between lack of sleep and obesity. Children who were short on sleep were 88 percent more likely to be obese, while adults were 55 percent more likely.
Sleep may also be effective at fighting cancer such as meningiomas. Getting a good night’s sleep can regulate the balance of cortisol and melatonin, two hormones that have been shown to fight cancer.
Cook With Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is regarded as a “superfood” that is packed with fats known as medium chain triglycerides. Studies suggest these fats can boost your metabolism by as much as 120 calories a day. It has also been suggested that these fats reduce your appetite as well.
Coconut oil is also a saturated fat, which is much less likely than an unsaturated fat to break down into substances that can cause cancer when digested. This can help reduce the risk of getting several types of cancer, ovarian cancer being one of them.
Drink More Water
One of the most effective ways to cut down on your calories is to drink a lot of water. Doctors recommend drinking at least one glass of water before every meal. It helps eliminate hunger pangs and takes up space in your stomach that might otherwise be occupied by high-calorie foods.
Doctors also say that drinking a lot of water can reduce the risk of cancers such as gallbladder cancer. Studies suggest that drinking water can flush cancer-causing agents out of the bladder faster, making them less effective. Water can also dilute cancer-causing agents, further decreasing their effectiveness.