It is common knowledge that weight loss has many health benefits, whether you heard about them from friends and family or discussed it with your doctor. Achieving a healthier weight generally requires a lifestyle change for long-term results. Adjusting your daily eating and exercise habits is central to getting into better shape.
Significant weight loss can be daunting and take time, but even a modest weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight can lead to significant positive changes for your health. Building proper habits and focusing on a lifestyle approach can help you stay motivated.
#1 A Healthier Heart
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of various cardiovascular conditions, such as heart attack and heart disease. By reducing pressure on your arteries, your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump blood through the body. Losing weight helps your blood circulation and minimizes clots. A more efficient heart can lower your blood pressure and, by extension, your risk of stroke.
A balanced diet that supports good heart health includes:
- Leafy greens
- Walnuts and almonds
- Whole grains
#2 Increased Mobility
Weight loss helps boost your energy levels and makes your breathing easier as your body has less excess fat to carry as you move through your day. Reducing your weight also alleviates pressure on your joints, especially but not limited to your knees.
Losing weight can slow down cartilage deterioration and reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. This promotes increased mobility. Combined with more energy, this makes a positive difference in your daily activities and encourages you to build healthier habits, including an exercise routine.
#3 Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t respond appropriately to insulin, the hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar levels. This leads to an increase in your blood sugar levels, which makes you even more resistant to insulin.
Excess weight isn’t the only risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, but it is one of the most important. Too much body fat causes inflammation and interferes with insulin. Losing weight improves insulin sensitivity and your body’s blood sugar management. Even a 5 percent weight loss can make a positive difference.
Foods that help prevent diabetes include:
- Fiber-rich fruits (especially apples, berries, and citrus fruits)
- Cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, kale, or Brussels sprouts)
#4 Improved Cholesterol Levels
There are two types of cholesterol: the “good” one (HDL) and the “bad” one (LDL). Excess weight is linked to unhealthy cholesterol levels, especially higher LDL ones. When you lose weight, you decrease the amount of fat (or adipose tissues) you have in your body. This reduces the risk of inflammation, which allows your body to regulate hormones and lipoproteins (the substance that carries your cholesterol through your bloodstream) more effectively. You can already see positive changes in your cholesterol levels with a 10-pound weight loss.
Adding the following to your diet can help lower “bad” cholesterol levels:
- Vegetable oils
- Fatty fish
- Green tea
#5 Better Sleep
Losing weight can help improve your respiratory system, which in turn can help with better sleep. This means you will feel more rested and have more energy for daily activities, including exercise. A healthier weight can reduce your risk of sleep-disrupting disorders such as asthma, sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you experience sleep apnea, weight loss may not entirely cure the condition. Its severity should, however, decrease because of improved breathing.
By minimizing fat on the chest, neck, and abdomen, you can feel more comfortable sleeping at night. Combined with better breathing, it can help to alleviate snoring, headaches, and fatigue. Fewer disruptions in your sleep means more restorative sleep.
Our Novopelle Med Spa team can help you with your weight loss goals. Call us today at (888) 429-7055 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment.