If you’re working hard to eat right and exercise so you can shed a few pounds, we want to applaud you for a job well done! Changing your lifestyle isn’t always easy. And to help you feel even better about yourself (because you deserve to feel amazing!) even small amounts of weight loss count!
Here are some of the benefits of losing just a little bit of weight, according to WebMD.
Lower your risk for serious disease
Older women who lost at least 5% of their body weight lowered their chances of breast cancer by 12%. What’s more, losing weight also helps to reduce chronic inflammation in your body. Fat cells, especially around the belly, release chemicals which irritate and inflame tissues all over your body. By lowering this inflammation, you can lower your risk for arthritis, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and stroke. If you are overweight, experts recommend aiming to lose 10% of your body weight to reap the anti-inflammatory rewards.
Ease joint pressure
Did you know that just 10 pounds of extra weight puts 40 pounds of pressure on your knees? Extra fat also causes inflammation, which can damage joints and tissues.
Improve sleep & mood
Research indicates that losing at least 5% of excess weight can lead to better sleep and help ease symptoms of sleep apnea. In another study, depressed people who were overweight felt better after they lost an average of 8% of their body weight. And you’re likely to continue feeling better as long as you keep the weight off!
Just remember — every step counts on the path to optimal wellness! You can do it, and we are here to help you achieve your goals! To learn about medical weight loss or our body contouring menu, please call 425.615.6307 or request a consultation today!