The 10: Top Benefits to Losing Weight

Let me start this week’s installment of The 10 by saying that not everyone needs to lose weight. Maintaining a healthy weight (maybe plus or minus a few pounds) is what is important in any health or fitness endeavor. Being vigilant and honest with yourself is key to making sure you don’t go overboard and lose too much weight because yes, that is a thing. Sometimes, when people get the fitness bug and start seeing the weight loss results, they don’t stop and can go too far in the other direction. I say this because I fell victim to it. I went from chubby and jovial to gaunt and glum looking. However, if you could stand to lose a few and are thinking about starting your own weight loss regime, here are the top 10 reasons to get things going!

  1. Better Blood Pressure: Achieving a healthy weight for your body type and size has a direct correlation with your blood pressure. Lowering your blood pressure is great for your overall health and longevity in life, whilst also avoiding expensive medications that do the same.
  2. Improve Heart Health/Lower Cholesterol: Dropping some pounds also means you’re actively lowering your cholesterol and risk of heart disease. A healthy heart is a happy one.
  3. Decreased Risk of Diabetes: Losing weight means you are getting your blood sugar and insulin to a more healthy level, decreasing your risk of diabetes.
  4. Better Sex Life: Losing weight can help increase your libido and sex drive, also it can make you feel more confident about yourself and looks.
  5. A Good Night’s Sleep: Losing weight can help reverse the effects of sleep apnea, which can be caused by obesity.
  6. Decrease the Pain: Losing weight can actually act as a healing technique in some ways. Lowering your weight has been shown to help relieve aches and pains caused by arthritis, joint disease, and lower back pain.
  7. Breathe Deeper: Losing weight can even help you to breathe better, being able to take deeper, fuller breaths creating better oxygen flow to the brain and aiding your sleep.
  8. Decreased risk of Colon or Breast Cancer: With the rates of colon and breast cancer on the rise over the past few decades, finding ways to protect yourself against them naturally is vital and losing weight is one of the best.
  9. Great Gallbladder: Most people forget about some of their less discussed organs, but the gallbladder plays a vital role in your digestion. Losing some weight can help to make sure your gallbladder is doing what it’s supposed to as well as keeping those gallstones away.
  10. More Energy: This is one of the more obvious, yet still amazingly true aspects of losing weight. The physical and mental stamina you have increases as you get closer to your optimal weight.
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