Advantages of Weight Loss

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the obesity rate in the US for 2017-2018 had reached 42.4%, from 30.5% in 1999-2000. This increasing share of adults who are considered obese is getting alarming, considering the associated risks involved in being overweight like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Obesity is also linked with increased morbidity (medical problems caused by a treatment) and mortality. [1]

A study shows that even a modest weight loss of 5% of your total body weight is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.[2] This finding is encouraging and makes weight loss an impactful undertaking.

Here are 10 great advantages of weight loss:

  1. Reduces risk factors for diabetes

Weight loss prevents, treats, and, in some cases, resolves Type 2 diabetes. Complications associated with diabetes like blindness, limb amputation, kidney disease, and stroke risk decrease or can be controlled by losing weight.[3]

  1. Prevents cardiovascular diseases

By lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol through weight loss, you are decreasing your risks for heart diseases.

  1. Improves mood.

Several studies found major improvements in depression after successful weight loss.

  1. Better sleep

Symptoms of sleep apnea (long pauses between breaths or shallow breaths) significantly decrease while and after you lose weight.

  1. Easier breathing

According to American College of Allergy, Asthma, Allergies, and Immunology, even losing 10 pounds can make a huge difference in asthma symptoms!

  1. Improves mobility

Carrying too much weight can cause people to have mobility problems, and if the weight is extreme, may even cause people to be bedridden!

  1. Gaining confidence

As you lose weight, you will feel happy about yourself and the way you look. This boosts your confidence and motivates you to keep going.

  1. Increases energy levels

Since you are not carrying around too much weight, you consume less energy to go about your day, and in return, you will feel less tired, and may even be able to skip a cup of coffee or two!

  1. Improves fertility for women

Weight loss helps restore normal menstrual cycle and reduce symptoms for diseases such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which can cause infertility in many women. ​

  1. Better memory

A Swedish study in 2013 found out that older women scored better on memory tests after going through a six months weight loss plan.

These are just some of the amazing benefits weight loss can give you! Many people want to lose weight. However, it takes full commitment and a solid plan to start a successful weight loss journey. Dr. Rita Oganwu, who is a specialist in nonsurgical weight management and metabolic medicine has a great weight loss program, which could help you begin your weight loss journey! Visit her website (www.healthiershape.com) to learn more about her treatments and services.

[1] NIH, NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/ob_gdlns.pdf [2] Blackburn G. (1995). Effect of degree of weight loss on health benefits. Obesity Research 3: 211S-216S [3] Promedica. Advantages of Weight Loss. https://www.promedica.org/pages/medical-services/weight-loss-surgery/benefits-of-weight-loss/advantages-or-weight-loss.aspx

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