Losing a few pounds? 8 reasons to celebrate

December 06, 2017

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.