Discover the top benefits that losing weight can offer you.
Millions of Americans are overweight or obese. The good news is that there are things you can do to lead a healthier lifestyle and drop weight. The even better news is that losing just 5-10 % of your overall body weight can tremendously benefit your appearance, health and self-esteem. Here’s what losing even a little weight can do,
Enjoy Better Sleep
Dropping pounds could mean catching more ZZZs. That’s because many individuals who are obese or overweight also have sleep apnea, a condition that can cause pauses in breathing and lead to restless, poor-quality sleep. The good news is that the National Sleep Foundation reports that just losing about 10-15 percent of your current body weight can improve sleep apnea symptoms and your quality of sleep. Of course, if you suspect that you have sleep apnea, you should seek an evaluation with an osteopath, as this disorder requires treatment.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the US. One way to protect against heart disease is to maintain a healthy weight. By losing excess weight and maintaining a healthier body mass index (BMI), you can reduce cholesterol levels and lower your blood pressure, all of which also improve the health of your heart.
Improved Insulin Sensitivity
Being overweight or obese impacts how insulin functions, which also affects blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, obesity is a top risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes; however, reducing fatty tissue in the body can improve insulin function and blood sugar levels. Talk with your osteopath immediately if you are concerned about diabetes or if you develop symptoms.
Take Pressure Off the Joints
Our joints take on a lot of pressure and impact every day. Even being slightly overweight can put a lot more pressure on the lower joints, such as the knees. By losing that excess weight, it is easier to bike, walk and do all the physical activities you want to with ease and also less likely to develop arthritis as you age.
Whether you are losing weight to stop those aches and pains, prevent disease or have a body you feel more confident in, an osteopath can provide you with holistic options and a tailored dietary, exercise and supplement plan to help make sticking with it easier.