10% Weight Loss Has a Major Impact on Your Health

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

Did you know losing only 10%* of your body weight, if diagnosed as overweight by your provider, has a MAJOR impact on your health?

If it isn't already obvious to you, there are a tremendous amount of benefits for losing weight. Yes, I know...“Thanks captain obvious!”. The difficulty is not the concept of losing weight, it is mindset and lifestyle change that comes with the concept. I’m not here to judge on any past misses with dropping some pounds, but it’s always good to be reminded of why a healthy weight is better than an extra bite of a chocolate bar that you’re going to regret anyway.

Weight loss not only puts you in smaller clothing size, but is the major factor for keeping high blood pressure, heart disease, and the possibility of a stroke at bay. Individuals who are overweight also have a higher risk for high levels of cholesterol in their blood steam, as well as, triglycerides (also known as blood fat).

The following points are a few major advantages you can look forward to with losing weight. Of course some of these may be higher up on the "totem pole" for you, but all in all, this is just so you can get a good idea of the positives available!

After reviewing these benefits, I dare you to say your health isn’t worth the positive changes you will experience as a smaller person.

1.) Reduced Risk for a Heart Attack

Incredibly, just 10 percent of weight loss can result in a greater than 50% risk reduction for heart attacks. In the case of a heart attack, your coronary artery becomes completely blocked by excessive plaque buildup that can result in dangerously narrowed arteries. When the arteries narrow, the oxygen that your heart muscle needs is cut out and can lead to possibly fatal results. Weight loss lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol which keeps those arteries from clogging and helps your heart stay healthy.

2.) You Look and Feel Better

Just a 10 percent weight loss will increase your energy levels. You'll be smaller and, if you are exercising along with your weight reduction, you will also be protecting and toning your musculature. Overall, you will have a natural inclination to be more active because of your increased physical mobility. Your mood and sense of self-confidence will also begin to increase because of your accomplishment.

3.) Protect Your Bone Density

Your 10 percent reduction in body weight, along with a maintenance period, will help to keep your bones thick and dense while you are becoming lighter and healthier. It is important, not only for your bone density, but for all aspects of your health and well-being to become familiar with your daily nutritional needs, ensuring adequate intake of protein, calcium, and other nutrients. A minimum of 150 minutes per week of exercise -- including strength training -- will protect your bones, enhance the benefits of your 10 percent weight loss, and make weight easier to lose and keep off.

4.) Reduce Risk for Diabetes

A weight loss of 10 percent can reduce your chance of getting diabetes by 60%. The more excess weight on your body, the less sensitive your cells become to insulin, the hormone that manages the movement of sugar into your cells. Being overweight puts you at a huge risk for developing type 2 diabetes, where your body's cells become resistant to insulin and cannot function properly as a result. By getting active and controlling your weight, you can increase your response to insulin.



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