Benefits of Losing Weight
It seems that everyone is trying to lose weight these days. There are many choices out there – the Paleo diet, the Keto diet, the low-carb diet, the low-fat diet, the high-protein diet, Intermittent Fasting, and on and on. But why?
Why do so many people want to lose weight? Many people decide to lose weight because they think it will make them look better. Others do it because they think it will make them feel better. Still, others are losing weight because of health concerns. Each of these are valid reasons to lose weight, however, there are many benefits to losing weight.
The benefits of losing weight are unquestionable. Weight loss can lead to lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar and lower risk of heart disease, to name a few. Losing weight can make you feel better physically and mentally.
The National Institute of Health recommends weight loss as a way to help control blood pressure. They have found that an increase in exercise can reduce your blood pressure by 2-3.5 points and that following the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet can reduce blood pressure by 3-5.5 points.
According to the American Diabetes Association, even a modest amount of weight loss can help in controlling your diabetes. And, according to the National Institute of Health, implementing a healthy lifestyle by making healthy eating choices and adding movement to your daily life will help keep your blood glucose level.
A study conducted by the National Institute of Health shows that losing just 5%-10% of your body weight in 12 months can reduce your risk of heart disease. Losing more than 10% can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. As an example, a person who weighs 240 pounds could make small changes to lose just one pound per month and reduce their risk for heart disease. Losing more than two pounds per month would greatly reduce their risk of heart disease!
But before you begin your weight-loss journey make sure you discuss your goals with your doctor. Your doctor will help you find the healthiest way for you to lose weight and support you as you reach your goals.
Once you have shed some of those extra pounds you will find yourself with more energy. You’ll be able to walk more often for longer distances. Knowing you’ve lost weight can also help you feel better about yourself too. Pull those old clothes out of the back of your closet and wear them. It’s like getting a new wardrobe!
Remember, you and your primary care provider are a healthcare team and it is vital that you play your part and make your appointments!