Chances are you or someone you know has battled their body in an effort to lose excess weight. But do you know why losing weight is so important for longevity and health? Do you know what happens to the body when you lose weight and how that impacts overall health? If you don’t, you’re about to find out—these are the 5 Things You Should Know About Losing Weight:
Excess pounds lead to excess stress for the joints of the body, pure and simple. Every joint—from your hips to your knees to your ankles—struggles when it’s forced to bear an unnatural load. Cartilage wears down faster, ligaments stretch and tear with greater ease, and tendons quickly become inflamed. This type of damage leads to reduced mobility and can trigger arthritis at an early age.
Overweight individuals have higher levels of body fat, and that fat makes it harder for the pancreas to produce enough insulin to regulate the body’s blood sugar levels, which is why so many overweight people are eventually diagnosed with diabetes. Losing weight (and fat) means the pancreas doesn’t need to work as hard to produce insulin, and the body becomes more efficient at maintaining a healthy blood sugar level.
Extra weight means the cardiovascular system has to work extra-hard to cycle blood throughout the body—bigger people have more blood, more capillaries, and a greater need for oxygen than those living at a healthy weight. Shedding a few unwanted pounds makes the cardiovascular system more efficient, lowers the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood, and takes pressure off of artery walls which makes the heart very, very happy.
Bigger people usually struggle more with sleep and that’s not only because they’re more likely to suffer from sleep apnea (a condition where excess tissues in the throat and mouth block the upper airway during sleep, “reducing or completely stopping airflow”). People who are overweight carry more flesh (fat, skin, and muscle) around their neck and throat, which leads to snoring, and snoring disrupts sleep. As weight is lost, snoring becomes less of a problem and it becomes easier to sleep deeply through the night.
When people lose weight, they look healthier, feel healthier, and become more comfortable in their own skin. They produce more endorphins (the feel-good hormone) which increases overall motivation and general interest in being active. And remember how Thing 4 had to do with sleep? Well, when sleep improves, energy improves. And when energy improves it’s easier to engage in activities—exercise, social groups, etc.—that encourage release even more endorphins into the body.
Putting it all together
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