If you are physically active but overweight, don’t worry: Research suggests that physical activity may actually help combat some of the negative effects of excess weight. Physical activity leads to physical fitness which in turn is likely to make you metabolically healthy and fit – this means no high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood sugar. Researchers at the Cooper Institute, a non-profit organisation in Dallas in the United States, found in a study that fit men in all weight categories – normal weight, overweight, obese – had significantly lower death rates from cancer than unfit men.
When you trim down—even just 10 percent of your body weight—your thyroid hormone levels can dip, which can make you feel chilly more often than not, says the director of the Weight Control Center at Columbia University Medical Center Judith Korner. See ya, Snorezilla! Sleep apnea and snoring—both of which can be caused by excess weight around the neck—can vanish with a weight loss of just 5 percent.