How Losing 25 Pounds Improved My Asthma

Oct 20, 2023

In December 2022, I weighed 191 pounds, and although I had just completed my third marathon, I wasn't living the healthiest lifestyle. I wasn't keeping track of my calorie intake or outtake, and overall, I wasn't being accountable for my health. Today, I'm going to share how losing 25 pounds has impacted my asthma.

Please note that I'm not a medical professional, but I am an athlete who has lived with asthma for my entire life. I'm here to share my personal experience, which may differ from yours.

Weight Loss and Easier Movement

One significant impact of losing weight is the ease of movement. As a 5'9" individual, losing 26 pounds made a significant difference in my life. Lighter means movement is easier, which is beneficial whether you have asthma or not. When I was at 191 pounds, running a marathon meant a 10-11 minute mile. However, at 165 pounds, I now run at 8.5-9 minute miles. Simply put, being lighter makes it easier for my body to move forward. While this doesn't necessarily cure asthma, it can improve your overall quality of life and make daily tasks more manageable.

Healthy Eating and Its Impact on Asthma

When you embark on a weight loss journey, you're likely to adopt healthier eating habits. The key is to focus on a sustainable, healthy approach rather than extreme diets. For me, eating healthier meant avoiding foods that triggered excessive mucus production in my body, such as dairy products. Dairy, specifically cow's milk, aggravated my asthma, so eliminating it from my diet had a noticeable impact. This might not be the same for everyone, as asthma triggers can vary from person to person. However, losing weight and adopting a healthier diet can be an essential step in managing asthma better.

Exercise and Strengthening the Lungs

If you've lost weight and are committed to maintaining it, you're likely to be exercising more. Exercise can vary from simple daily movements to structured workouts. Regardless of the form, moving more often and consistently can lead to stronger lungs. As you strengthen your lungs, you may find that your ability to cope with asthma improves. Stronger lungs can help reduce mucus production, a common issue for many asthma sufferers. Regular exercise not only aids in weight management but also offers numerous health benefits, including better asthma control.

Overall Weightloss Has Had a Positive Impact On My Health

In my experience, losing 25 pounds has had a positive impact on my asthma, along with various other health and performance benefits. Keep in mind that your journey may differ from mine, and it's crucial to consult with your healthcare professional to determine what a healthy weight is for you. Weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it can lead to a healthier lifestyle that may, in turn, help you better manage your asthma.

If you're looking to lose weight and improve your overall well-being, I've packaged the three practical pillars I used to lose two pounds a week over three months, helping me reach my ideal weight of 165 pounds. These pillars can be integrated into your life immediately, and you can download the free guide linked below to get started on your own journey towards a healthier you.

Remember, the key to success is consistency, a commitment to healthier habits, and ongoing communication with your healthcare professional. Weight loss is just one piece of the puzzle in managing asthma, but it can be a significant step in the right direction.


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