We often tend to adopt a healthy diet and exercise plan because we want to lose weight, to feel more confident or fit into a smaller clothing size. And sometimes your doctor might recommend weight loss to address a specific health issue, like preventing type 2 diabetes. But there are many other benefits to weight loss that you will notice as the pounds drop off…
Brain health. Some studies have suggested that losing weight can lower your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This might be because inflammation in the brain contributes to those conditions, and tackling your weight can also reduce inflammation.
Better immunity. Since losing weight does help to reduce inflammation in the body, you might not be surprised to learn that this can lead to better immune health. Those who remain overweight for long periods of time can experience chronic stress that impacts their immune function. Losing weight can help to reverse and correct that process. So as you get lose weight, you might notice that you get sick less often!
Metabolic health. We’re seeing an increase of younger people developing metabolic syndrome, which is a collection of risk factors that raise your chances of developing diabetes, sleep apnea, and heart disease. Those factors include higher blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol, and a larger waist (more fat stored around the midsection). Right now, about 20 percent of people under age 40 are experiencing metabolic syndrome. But a healthy diet and exercise, including weight loss, can reduce or eliminate these risk factors and prevent more serious disease in the future.
We often think of weight loss in terms of reaching a certain goal, and we’re excited to purchase a new swimsuit or attend a class reunion. But when you think in the long term, you will discover that losing weight can impact your health for the rest of your life.
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