Blood pressure is the pressure your blood exerts against the walls of the arteries during a heartbeat. Ideally, one’s blood pressure reading for a healthy adult would be 120/80 or lower. The reading for high blood pressure would be 140/90 or higher and for low it would be 90/60 or less. Blood pressure can fall into 3 categories: low, normal or too high.
If your blood pressure is too low, you may feel dizzy or light-headed or feel like you are going to faint. This is a condition known as hypotension. Skipping breakfast, missing meals, going too long in between meals can all result in low blood pressure.
Being overweight can increase your chances of having high blood pressure and heart disease and can damage your heart, kidneys, artery walls and brain if left untreated. One’s chances of heart disease increase with being overweight. When excess fat builds up inside artery walls, this may lead to blockages or heart attacks or strokes.
By losing weight, you decrease your chances of high blood pressure. Many clients from The Weight Loss Centre, after having lost their weight, are delighted to find their blood pressure in a normal range and their doctors have taken them off their blood pressure medication. Even losing just 9 pounds could help to reduce blood pressure.
“I lost 3 stone with The Metabolic Weight Loss Programme after many years of weight problems and high blood pressure. I am delighted that my blood pressure is now in a normal range and as a result my doctor has taken me off my blood pressure medication. I love the structure of your programme and the excellent support that I received; without this I could not have achieved my weight loss.” Sue from Devon.*