According to a new study, excess pounds can actually shrink your brain. The study found out that the hippocampus shrinks by 1% for every 2 points over 25 your BMI goes over. The shrinkage increases the risk of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, which means that you may suffer from dementia earlier if you’re overweight or obese.
The scientists involved in the study say that this occurs due to the inflammatory molecules the fat produces which kill off neurons in the brain. A higher body mass index also increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which is why you should keep your weight in check.
BMI is defined as the body mass divided by the square of your height. The number you get will tell you if you’re under or overweight. Here are the categories you may fall into:
<18.4 – underweight
18.5-24.9 – normal
25-29.9 – overweight
>30 – obese
If you’re into the overweight or obese categories, you need to start working out and start a healthy diet as well. According to one study, physically active people have 38% lower risk of brain disease, so maybe it’s time to start exercising regularly. In general, a resistance training should provide quicker results paired with a healthy diet than following a rigorous diet. Resistance training will maximize your calorie burn per minute, resulting in more efficient weight loss than cardio.
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