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!