You’ve heard it from nearly every medical professional you have encountered: “You need to lose weight!” But how many times has anyone explained how that weight loss will benefit you? It’s really about more than how you look or what you weigh. It’s about improving your overall physical and mental health. Here are some of the ways that weight loss improves your health.
Physical Health Benefits
There are a lot of reasons to lose weight, and you might be looking for specific improvements related to chronic medical conditions or disorders. Regardless of why you are losing weight, everyone notices improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.
Losing weight also decreases your risk of:
- Heart attack or heart disease
- Sleep apnea
If you have joint pain or mobility issues, these can also be resolved with weight loss. For every one pound of weight loss, you take four pounds of pressure off of your knees. This is just one example of how even small amounts of weight loss can help you move more easily and without pain so that you can return to the activities you enjoy.
Mental Health Benefits
There are also some mental health benefits to weight loss. Most people who lose weight improve their self image and confidence. You’ll also sleep better, which improves mood regulation and cognitive ability. Energy levels will also increase rapidly the more weight you lose. Weight loss can also improve relationships, which is important for protecting your mental health.
If you are looking for ways to lose weight and need help getting started, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We are able to offer telemedicine appointments.