There’s no way to sugar coat it — losing weight isn’t easy. However, the benefits of weight loss often outweigh any challenges you might face during your weight loss journey. Losing just 10 pounds can greatly increase your quality of life and set you on track toward a healthier lifestyle.
If you’re feeling sluggish or out of shape, losing even just a few pounds can help boost your confidence and motivate you to keep up the hard work. If you’re looking for additional motivation, here’s five other things that happen to you body if you drop ten pounds:
1. Weight loss will decrease your chance of cardiovascular disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 375,000 people per year. How can you prevent yourself from becoming another statistic, you ask? Start investing in a healthier lifestyle and shed those extra ten pounds you’ve been meaning to.
The heart is easily one of the hardest working muscles in your body, and any added weight puts unnecessary stress on it. Don’t make the heart’s integral job harder. When you start dieting and properly exercising, you decrease the likelihood that your coronary arteries will become hardened and narrowed and decrease blood flow to your heart. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will ensure that your heart gets adequate blood flow and can continue its job without extra burden.
2. Your joints will thank you for losing weight
Joint pain and inflammation dramatically decreases your quality of life. Walking up and down stairs can become a chore. Prescription painkillers can only eliminate so much pain, and often, you can’t function day-to-day from the mind-altering properties of painkillers. There is an easier solution than taking pills everyday.
Losing 10 pounds will lighten the load on your joints. Building up muscle could mitigate the damage on your knees and allow your body to develop a “suit of armor” to protect you from injuries related to joint deterioration.
3. Weight loss can help you say goodnight to sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder that disrupts proper airflow during sleep. If you snore, you have a form of a sleep apnea. There are more than 18 million Americans with sleep apnea, and few understand the substantial risk of heart attacks during sleep.
The correlation between weight gain and sleep apnea is well established. When an individual is overweight, they develop excess tissue in the back of their throats that can fall over the airway and decrease airflow.
Insufficient sleep will lead to weight gain, which exacerbates the sleep apnea, creating a vicious cycle of weight gain and feeling tired everyday. This makes it harder to make health-conscious decisions.
Losing just a mere 10 pounds can improve your quality of sleep immensely, allowing your airways to open up and increase oxygen to the brain.
4. Losing weight can reduce your risk of cancer
Doctors estimate that 1 in 20 diagnosed instances of cancer are linked to being overweight.
Fat cells in the body produce different proteins and hormones that are carried through the bloodstream. Having excess fat cells produces more of these “chemical messengers” throughout the body and increases the risk of several different types of cancer. Hormone levels are also changed by excess fat and may increase risk of cancer.
Shedding just 10 pounds can decrease the amount of excess fat cells and limit the amount of chemical messengers in your bloodstream, decreasing your risk of many different types of cancer.
5. Improve your sex life with weight loss
Being overweight can directly lower your libido, inhibiting sexual desires in both male and females. There are many physical and psychological side effects of being overweight that influence your libido.
For men, being overweight increases your risk of sexual impotence. Excess weight can bring along a myriad of problems like hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes, all of which cause limited blood flow to all parts of the body, including the penis. Even losing a small amount of weight has been shown to improve this condition.
For women, having excess fat may increase the risk of infertility by causing abnormalities with their eggs that make them harder to fertilize. Overweight women produce less mature eggs and are at higher risk for failed pregnancies. Losing excess weight can not only save your life, but improve your future baby’s health as well.
Ten pounds may not seem like a lot of weight lost, but the benefits are infinitely better than keeping the weight on. Losing those 10 pounds will improve your physical health scores across the board and may lead you down a track of habitually making health-conscious decisions and help you reach your goal weight.
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