Losing 10 Percent Body Weight Promotes Health
If you weigh more than 200 pounds, it can be overwhelming to think about how many total pounds you need to lose. Sometimes, it’s easier to accomplish a big goal by taking small steps.
Consider what happens when you lose just 10 percent of your total body weight.
Your risk for several serious diseases and chronic health conditions begins to drop.
The first thing your doctor may notice is that your blood pressure goes down. This is a big deal considering the impact high blood pressure can have on your risk for heart problems.
Your cholesterol levels can also improve, studies show, by raising good cholesterol (HDL), which helps protect against heart disease. Losing 10 percent of your body weight may drop your triglycerides by an average of 40 mg/dl.
Don’t be surprised if you start sleeping better at night, too. A small amount of weight loss can lower your risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a common problem for people who are overweight. People who have obstructive sleep apnea often gasp for air while they’re sleeping. During the day, they may feel extremely tired.
Another important health benefit to losing 10 percent of your body weight is how that affects your blood sugar. It can make it easier to manage diabetes by lowering your Hemoglobin A1C. This blood test provides information your average levels of blood sugar.
An effective strategy to lose 10 percent of your body weight is to work with health professionals who specialize in weight loss. Everyone’s weight loss needs are different. Losing weight on a very-low calorie diet may be the right approach for some, while surgical weight loss may be better for others in the long term.
You can learn more about bariatric surgery during free seminars offered through Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center.