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Top Health Benefits of Losing Weight

Top Health Benefits of Losing Weight
Losing weight has many health benefits and the effort that you take to lose it is well worth it. Losing weight can immediately improve your life and health and lower your risk of a wide range of different chronic illnesses. In this article we will discuss some of the top health benefits of losing weight that will hopefully motivate you to take more action with your weight loss efforts. There are many known health benefits of weight loss and new research on the subject continually points to the many benefits of losing weight and continually reinforces the idea that maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things to do in regards to longevity and reducing your risk of developing a serious illness sooner or later.

Losing weight reduces the strain on your cardiovascular system

When you are overweight your heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout your body, and this excess strain often causes high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Being overweight causes excess strain on your cardiovascular system which can end up being detrimental to your health over time. Losing as little as 10 pounds can reduce your cardiovascular strain by reducing your blood pressure and giving your heart a break. The circulatory system gets a break whenever you lose even a slight amount of weight, and the effect becomes more and more noticeable the more weight that you lose.

Losing weight increases your good cholesterol levels

Another major health benefit of losing weight is the fact that it reduces your triglyceride level and increases your level of good cholesterol. Losing anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of your weight and increase your good cholesterol by 5 points or more while decreasing your triglyceride level an average of 40 mg/dl, which is quite significant. A high triglyceride level is associated with heart disease and other illnesses. You can further increase your levels of good cholesterol by maintaining a healthy diet and also exercising, but a significant increase can be had simply by losing weight. You can also reduce your intake of sugar and alcohol to improve your good cholesterol levels and reduce your triglycerides.

Losing weight decreases your insulin resistance

Insulin resistance is the effect that occurs when your body becomes resilient to the effects of the hormone insulin, which triggers your body to convert blood sugar into fat and maintains a normal blood sugar level. When you become insulin resistant you can become pre-diabetic and eventually diabetic, and your body will also produce large amounts of insulin due to the tissue resistance to the hormone. High levels of insulin cause weight gain around the waist, increased bad cholesterol levels, and several other negative health effects that can quickly accumulate when the problem is not managed. Insulin resistance can sometimes be completely reversed when you lose weight, and several studies have shown that even modest weight loss can cause a dramatic effect at reducing insulin levels and reversing the effects of insulin resistance.

Sleep apnea can be reduced with weight loss

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder among patients who are overweight or obese. The disorder makes it difficult to breathe while sleeping which in turn results in the patient not getting enough oxygen while sleeping. Patients with this order are often more tired during the day and feel fatigued, and it can also make certain illnesses worse like hypertension and others. Sleep apnea can be reduced in many cases simply by losing weight, and just a 5 to 10 percent reduction in weight can often improve symptoms of sleep apnea. In many cases patients are able to avoid the use of a CPAP breathing machine when they lose weight and often find that their symptoms start to improve very quickly.

Hypertension can be reduced or reversed

Hypertension can also be reduced by losing weight, and the effect can be quite significant. Extra body weight causes up to 30 percent or more of hypertension cases, and by losing just 5 to 10 percent of your weight, your blood pressure will almost immediately start to decrease. Both diastolic and systolic blood pressure can decrease about 5 mmHg on average. In combination with a diet that reduces your salt intake, called the DASH diet or a variant of it, the effect can be even more dramatic and can be even more effective than blood pressure medications which can often have significant side effects.

Your inflammation levels will reduce

Being overweight causes chronic inflammation which in turn leads to a wide range of different health problems. By losing weight, you will reduce your inflammation levels significantly. Abdominal fat cells have a particularly large effect at increasing inflammation levels, and when you lose weight you will also reduce your abdominal weight which in turn will decrease inflammation. Inflammation leads to problems like cardiovascular disease, a higher risk of stroke, and a higher risk of vascular damage which can lead to a heart attack. Reducing your weight just around 10 percent can cause a significant reduction in inflammation levels, and the effect can be measured by checking your levels of C-reactive protein, a substances produced by the liver when your inflammation levels are high.

There are dozens of other health benefits and other benefits

Of course one of the main benefits is the fact that you will look significantly better, but your sex drive will also improve, reduce the strain on your joints which will reduce the chance of developing conditions like arthritis, increase your mobility, improve the quality of your sleep and many other benefits. The HCG diet is one of the best diets that can help you lose a large amount of weight within a short period of time, and the effect can be life changing for those who complete the diet successfully.

The diet is designed to be both easy to complete and also highly effect, and on the relatively easy to completely three week diet you can expect to lose up to 15 pounds or more in that short period of time. As mentioned above, just a small reduction in weight loss can result in many different health benefits, so it's well worth the effect to give the HCG diet a shot if you have struggled with weight loss trying other methods and if you are at risk of developing one of the illnesses mentioned above. For more information about how to get started with the HCG diet today, speak to a medical professional at Nu Image Medical, and you get our contact information by clicking this link.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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