How Weight Loss Affects Your Health

By losing weight—even a modest amount—you stand to gain significant health benefits.

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Many people are motivated to lose weight in order to fit into a favorite pair of jeans or boost their self esteem, but did you know that by losing weight you stand to gain significant health benefits?

• There are many negative health effects associated with being overweight or obese. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even modest weight loss can mean big benefits. The CDC states that even a loss of as little as five to ten percent of your overall body weight can likely improve your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Those things in turn can help reduce your risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke and more.

• Achieving a healthy weight can help reduce your risk of diseases and physical and mental health conditions ranging from arthritis and certain cancers to heart disease and depression.

• Weight loss means less stress and strain on your heart, lungs, joints and other organs and body parts. It can contribute to fewer aches and pains, easier breathing, a wider range of motion, an increase in energy and a better night’s sleep.

For some helpful tips on losing weight, read what the Harvard School of Public Health suggests. To learn more about eating a healthy diet, following an exercise program, losing weight and considering bariatric surgery, talk with your doctor. Need to find a doctor? Use our online Find a Physician service or call our toll-free Physician Referral Line at 1-855-665-8627.

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