If you have excess weight to lose, shedding a few pounds will do wonders for your health. Losing weight is about more than the number on the scale. Here’s how weight loss affects parts of your body you can’t see.
Losing a small amount of weight (5-10%) can actually increase your “good” (HDL) cholesterol. Raising HDL cholesterol levels can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, by lowering the amount of triglycerides circulating in your blood. Experts think that losing just 5-10% of your excess weight can reduce harmful cholesterol by around 40 mg/dl.
Your blood pressure
Around 30% of hypertension (high blood pressure) cases are due to excess weight. Lose a small but significant amount of weight, and your systolic and diastolic blood pressure markers will be much healthier. This has far-reaching effects on your short and long term health. It should make you feel much better, too!
Insulin is the important hormone which keeps your blood sugar levels normal. Being overweight can affect the amount of insulin your pancreas produces, leading to an increase in body fat around the waist. In extreme cases, it can even lead to infertility in women due to changes in hormone levels. Losing a bit of weight can rebalance insulin levels and tackle these issues.
Your nightly sleep
Carrying excess weight can affect your sleep. Sleep apnea can cause you to snore, struggle for breath, or even momentarily stop breathing whilst you are asleep. This is likely to make you feel exhausted during the day, and can even lead to high blood pressure. Losing weight can tackle sleep apnea, leaving you free to enjoy the feeling of a healthy night’s sleep. Your partner will be glad about this too!