Losing just a few pounds makes a big difference in your health, mood, and physical well-being. We will show you how.
Pounds And Your Joints
Ten extra pounds on your body actually adds 40 pounds of pressure on your knees and other lower body joints. That wears them out quicker and can cause arthritis later in life. Extra fat can also cause inflammation resulting in chronic diseases.
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Weight loss is one of two ways to prevent or delay it. The other is moderate exercise. For example, walk 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. If you already have diabetes, losing the extra weight will help you take less medication and maintain control of your blood sugar.
Lower Your Cholesterol
Lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol with healthier food and medications. Increase your HDL (good cholesterol) with exercise which lowers your odds of getting heart disease.
Lower Triglyceride Levels
They’re particles in your body that transport fat for storage and energy. High levels (more than 200 mg/dl) mean you’re more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. You can get closer to healthy levels (around 150 mg/dl) if you lose several pounds.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is caused by extra body weight which makes your blood push harder against your artery walls. Consequently, your heart works harder. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy and also cut down on your salt. As a result, your blood pressure will come down to normal levels.
Reverse Insulin Resistance
Belly fat generates chemicals that prevents your body from reacting to insulin, so that blood sugar levels stay normal. Hence, your blood sugar can get too high. Moderate weight loss will help to reverse this effect.
Reverse Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea and obesity are correlated. People who are overweight gain extra tissue in the back of their throat. When your body relaxes in sleep, that tissue can drop down and block your airway. You stop breathing over and over again all through the night. Hence, this puts pressure on your heart and other organs. Losing a small amount of weight can improve sleep apnea, sometimes just enough that you can stop using the bulky breathing devices that treat it.
Studies have found a correlation between obesity and depression. Mood and positive self image in obese-depressed people improved after they had lost an average of 8% of their body weight. Most of all, this benefit was still evident two years later.
Moderate weight loss brings big gains to your long term health and mood.