9 Super Benefits of Losing Weight

Correct blood sugar & diabetes

Weight loss reduces adipose tissue, which allows the body to manage blood sugar more effectively. Plus, you don't have to lose that much weight to see results.

Improved heart health

Losing weight can also improve heart health by reducing pressure on arteries, meaning the heart doesn't have to work as hard to pump blood through the body.

Decreased risk of stroke

Excess weight can increase blood pressure, and therefore your risk of stroke. Losing weight helps improve the efficiency of the heart due to less constricted blood vessels

Better sleep

Excess weight can increase fat deposits in your neck, which can obstruct your airways. If you suffer from sleep apnea, losing weight likely won't entirely cure the condition.

Improved mobility

Losing weight alleviates pressure on knees and joints, which can improve mobility, Pusalkar says. A large 2012 study of obese adults with type 2 diabetes found as little as a 1% drop in weight cut mobility limitations

Higher self-esteem

While there is no direct correlation between weight loss and self-esteem, some studies show that weight loss can improve mood and self-confidence.

Decreased joint pain

Excess weight can cause joints to become stressed, damaged, and inflamed — but losing weight can help.

Boosts energy

Because weight loss can improve sleep, you might also feel more energized during the day, Pulsalkar says. Excess weight also means your body has to work harder to move.

Reduced risk of certain cancers

According to the American Cancer Society, excess body weight is thought to be the cause of about 11% of cancers in women and about 5% of cancers in men.

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