Health Benefits of Weight Loss
- A Lower LDL Cholesterol Level
Being overweight is linked to high LDL. LDL is the bad or lousy cholesterol that circulates through your blood, it can deposit plaque in your arteries, narrowing them – which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Exercise and a healthy diet will help increase your HDL cholesterol, which is the “healthy” type of cholesterol that stops LDL from depositing on your artery walls. Ten pounds of weight loss can lower cholesterol by more than 10%.
2. Lower Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the measurement of pressure on your artery walls. Plaque buildup in your arteries, caused by LDL (the lousy cholesterol) and makes them smaller, making it harder for the blood to pass through. The heart has to work harder so now blood vessels in the kidneys can be damaged, which can lead to kidney failure. Losing 10 pounds will not only decrease your blood pressure, but will help to protect your heart and kidneys.
3. Reduced Risk for Heart Attacks
Excessive plaque buildup will result in dangerously narrowed arteries.When your coronary artery becomes completely blocked, it cuts off the oxygen that your heart muscle needs, resulting in a heart attack. Incredibly, just 10 pounds of weight loss can result in a greater than 50% risk reduction for heart attacks.
4. Reduced Risk for Dementia
Nearly half of Americans have too much belly (visceral) fat, not only does this fat stick out, it also t surrounds your internal organs. The danger is this fat contains cells that release inflammation-causing chemicals in the body, which can cause memory loss and increase your chances of developing dementia.
Two symptoms of obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can put you at risk for stroke; some known as “silent strokes” can occur without any symptoms – but very time that a silent stroke happens, blood is cut off to the brain, resulting in damaged, dementia-prone brain tissue. High blood pressure and cholesterol can also increase the likelihood that you’ll develop Alzheimer’s disease. Losing just 10 pounds will lower your risk of stroke.
5. Reduced Risk for Sleep Apnea
When you become overweight, extra tissue begins to thickens your windpipe wall,which narrows your airway. Now, especially when you are sleeping the size of your tongue and tonsils become a threat to the narrowed airway. This can cause a life-threatening condition known as sleep apnea.While you are sleeping and try to breathe the unsuccessful effort to take in air results in a dangerously low oxygen level. Your brain shocks your body awake to keep you alive. If it is severe enough you will be shocked into waking up several hundreds of times a night.
Losing just 10 pounds can widen your windpipe, helping you sleep through the night and reduce your risk for developing sleep apnea.
6. Reduced Joint Pain
Being overweight puts immense amount of extra pressure on your joints. For1 extra pound of excess weight on your body, you add 3 times that amount of pressure to your knees. This means that 10 extra pounds equates to 30 pounds of pressure on them. Walking up stairs you multiply your extra weight by 7. Now that 30 pounds of pressure became 70 pounds. Over time, this force destroys your knees which can result in knee replacement or arthritis. The great news is that when you lose weight and reduce the pressure on your joints, the cushioning between your bones will build back up. A 10 pound weight loss over 10 years may result in as much as a 50% decrease in your odds.
7. Reduced Risk for Cancer
One fact that you may not know is that obesity increases cancer risk. Though the exact reasoning remains unclear– we do know that fat cells are highly active, and they release high amounts of hormones that can fuel many cancers. But when you lose weight the risk declines especially for breast and uterine cancer and losing only 8 pounds can significantly reduce the levels of specific cancer causing hormones.
8. Reduced Risk for Diabetes
Insulin is the hormone that manages the movement of sugar into your cells, The more weight that you have the less sensitive your cells become to insulin and put you at a huge risk for developing type 2 diabetes. A weight loss of 10 pounds can reduce your chance of getting diabetes by 60%.
9. Improved Sex Life
Did you know that your sex drive is affected by high blood pressure and diabetes? If you are overweight it is likely you may have one or both of these conditions. Additionally, erectile dysfunction can be a problem for as many as 80% of obese and overweight men. A weight loss of 10 pounds will help.
10. Taking Less Medications
This one is true, true, true! Before I lost weight I was on several medications. Now I am on none, I feel amazing and have tons of energy. And more money not being paid out for prescriptions or doctors! A recent study estimated that cutting just 100 calories a day could prevent or eliminate 71.2 million cases of obesity and save $58 billion annually in the United States. Losing 10 pounds can help you cut down on or get rid of medications.
10 reasons, do it for you!!