Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries have been making headlines as one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They're supposed to be good for weight loss, anti-aging, and more. But can acai really help you lose weight, as the online ads promise? WebMD asked diet and nutrition experts for the truth about acai and weight loss.
Researchers have found the acai berry has antioxidants that may protect cells from damage caused by harmful molecules in the body called "free radicals," and may possibly help...
Every major system in your body feels the stress of excess weight. The heart is the most obvious victim -- as cholesterol builds, blood pressure rises, and arteries get clogged. Also, the blood loses its ability to clot which increases stroke risk.
Fat Ups Male Hormones
Overweight women have higher levels of male hormones, which ups their risk of heart disease. Those hormones also cause male pattern balding, some excess facial hair, and acne.
Overweight people often suffer from sleep disorders. The most dangerous is sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, you stop breathing many times during the night. This makes your oxygen level drops-- which affects the heart, blood vessels, stroke risk, and diabetes risk.
The sheer impact of excess weight on your lower body creates lots of problems. You're at higher risk for bone-thinning osteoporosis. You develop hip and back problems. Overweight children will develop fragile bones, so they're at even higher risk for these problems.
Start Now: Lose Weight
Diet changes and exercise -- that's what it takes to lose weight. You've got to make lifestyle changes that fit into your daily routine.
Running, walking, biking -- all are great types of weight-bearing exercise. They will help you lose weight. Start here: Find time during the day --10 minutes here and there -- for walking. It all counts!
You Can Do This!
It's never too late to lose weight. Plenty of success stories prove it -- you can, too! But diet alone won't do it. To lose weight and keep it off, you've got to exercise, too. Put on your walking or running shoes -- and just do it!
SOURCES: CDC. Steven Lamm, MD, NYU School of Medicine. Brunilda
Nazario, MD, WebMD Senior Medical Editor. Isadore Rosenfeld, MD, Rossi
Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine, NYU Weil Cornell Medical