You don’t have to achieve jaw-dropping weight loss to enjoy significant health benefits. Shaving 5 percent off the scale – or 10 pounds if you weigh 200 – boosts your overall wellness in these 8 ways:
1.Joints: Reduce the impact on your knees and other joints by 40 pounds of pressure. That decreases aches and pains and reduces the likelihood of arthritis later in life.
2.Heart: Trim your blood pressure by 5 points, and potentially lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol while increasing your HDL or “good” cholesterol.
3.Sleep: Gain an extra 21.6 minutes of sleep a night, according to one research study. Lower weight also means less tissue at the back of your throat, which reduces the likelihood you’ll experience sleep apnea.
4.Diabetes: Prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, or reduce the need for diabetes medications while better controlling your blood sugar levels.
5.Cancer: Lowering your weight reduces the level of hormones – estrogens, insulin, androgens –linked to cancer.
6.Inflammation: Belly fat cells release chemicals that irritate and inflame tissues throughout the body and are linked to arthritis, heart disease and stroke. Slimming at the waist reduces these risks.
7.Depression: Improved mood continued 24 months after a 5-percent weight loss, according to a research study.
8.Fertility: Improved rates of conception were found in a study of obese patients who lost 5 percent of their weight.