Losing weight isn’t just about changing the size of your pants. There are a whole host of side effects to focus on that will greatly improve your health. In fact, according to Health.com, dropping just five to 10 per cent of your body weight can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for things like heart disease and diabetes.

 

Remember, meaningful and lasting change takes time. So, if the weight isn’t melting off despite hours in the group fitness studio, try to take the pressure off yourself and remember a fitness journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep all your victories top of mind – from the scale victories to the non-scale victories. As you can see from the benefits below, even a modest amount of weight loss has huge effects on your overall health. Keep up the good work!

 

5 ways weight loss affects your health:


1. Increases energy 

When you have less weight to carry, you use less energy to do every day things which means you end up having more energy! It also improves oxygen efficiency, so say goodbye to huffing and puffing up the front stairs or chasing your kids in a game of hide and seek.

 

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2. Decreases risk of cancer

Inflammation is a hot topic right now – and for good reason. Inflammation is the body’s response to infection and tissue damage. It’s part of the healing process and also part of the process of building muscle. But chronic inflammation is linked to diabetes, Parkinson’s rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, heart disease and cancer. Losing weight helps decrease inflammation according to a 2012 study in the journal Cancer Research. Another 2014 study in Obesity Research found that men who had bariatric surgery reduced their cancer risk to that of normal weight people.

 

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3. Changes your workouts

With fewer pounds on your frame, workouts will feel different. You might feel lighter when doing jump squats or have an easier time with burpees. You might cut a few seconds off your mile split. Faster, stronger and more fun!

 

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4. Impacts your sleep

Research shows that sleep apnea occurs in 45 per cent of people who are overweight or obese. As you shed the weight, you might also shed the sleep disruptions.

 

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5. Improves your mood

Research from the University of Pennsylvania showed obese adults that lost five per cent of their body weight reported better moods. This happier attitude could come from a number of weight-loss side effects – more sleep, more endorphins from exercise, more self-confidence and satisfaction from reaching your goals. 

 

 

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