14 Unbelievable Benefits of Losing 10-20 Pounds

14 benefits of losing weight

[updated April 29, 2019]

With two-thirds of Americans bulging into the overweight and obese categories, it’s no wonder that losing weight or starting an exercise program consistently ranks as the top New Year’s resolution. The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates that more than 172,000 premature deaths each year are directly attributed to obesity, the majority due to cardiovascular disease.

But did you know that even a modest 5% decrease in weight can significantly improve your health?

Losing weight is tough. Anyone who has more than 10lbs to lose knows how daunting of a task it is to step on the scale day after day to see if any improvements have been in their weight loss efforts. Suddenly losing that extra 5, 10, 50 or even 100lbs seems an impossible feat. However, by changing your focus, you can change your mindset. Focus instead on the health benefits of shedding that excess baggage. Stop making weight loss all about your pants size and make it about healthy, longer living. As you begin to shed the excess weight, you also begin to shed unwanted health risks like high blood pressure and heart disease.


Shedding just 5% of your total body weight does a lot – it’s enough to decrease total body fat, visceral fat (the dangerous kind that hugs your organs), and liver fat. Plus, it can lower your blood pressure and improve your insulin sensitivity and lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes.


14 Benefits of Losing Weight

Sure, losing weight takes time, dedication and effort but think of all the health benefits you will gain.

weight loss health For starters, simply by shedding 10 percent of your weight, you will gain:

  1. increased energy levels
  2. lowered cholesterol levels
  3. reduced blood pressure
  4. reduced aches, pains and inflammation
  5. improved mobility
  6. improved breathing
  7. the ability to sleep better and wake more rested
  8. the prevention of angina or chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart
  9. a decreased risk of sudden death from heart disease or stroke
  10. the prevention of type 2 diabetes
  11. improved blood sugar levels
  12. the alleviation of having to use some medications
  13. an increased self-esteem and confidence
  14. decrease risk of erectile dysfunction

In 1995, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that there were over 200 million obese adults worldwide and another 18 million overweight children under age 5; and, in 2000, WHO estimated that there were now over 300 million adults worldwide who were considered obese. As your waistline expands so do your potential health risks; by slimming down, you trim off those unnecessary health risks. Some of the biggest health risks faced by the obese are heart disease and hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and sleep apnea.


Studies consistently show that losing just 5-10% of your body weight can significantly improve high blood pressure, blood sugar or cholesterol.


Unexpected Benefits of Losing Weight

Not only can losing weight improve your health in many ways, it can also lead to other unexpected, and some expected, benefits including financial benefits depending upon how much weight you lose.

  • simple tasks like playing with your kid at the playground or climbing a flight of stairs won’t leave you gasping for air
  • your memory may improve
  • your relationship may be tested as it could cause your partner to consider his/her own health choices, your partner may worry about your personality chaning, or your partner may feel jealous or threatened
  • your risk of cancer will be lower as the inflammation in your body decreases
  • if you were depressed before losing weight, that may not change
  • foods may taste different as fast weight loss can alter taste buds
  • working out will be more fun as there won’t be as much pressure on your joints
  • you’ll probably spend less on health care as normal-weight people typically spend less money on medical bills and expenses than overweight people according to a 2009 study published in the journal Health Affairs
  • you may get a raise as studies have shown that obese people make less money than normal-weight workers especially among women
  • your may end up with sagging skin
  • you may no longer need expensive prescription medications
  • you will most likely have to see the doctor less especially if you are able to recover from a chronic illness which typically requires multiple annual doctor visits

FINAL THOUGHTS. 

By continuing to drop the excess weight til you are within your healthy weight range, you will significantly improve your health and your confidence. Plus, think of all the money you will potentially save on unnecessary medications, doctor visits and surgeries; now use it on something special for you.

Meaningful change takes time. Always keep your non-scale victories in sight and consider all the ways your small improvements have done your body good. And if you are struggling to lose weight on your own, consider a medical weight loss program to help provide you with the guidance and tools you need to successfully lose weight and keep it off!

Shedding excess weight the right way leaves you healthier and happier.


About the Author – Suzanne Gil, M.D.
dr suzanne gil mdDr. Gil obtained advanced training in bariatrics (weight loss medicine) and opened Calla Slimspa in 2008 when the need for weight related assistance became a huge priority. She is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) and dedicates 100% of her professional time to helping as many people as possible achieve their weight loss goals and improve their health. She completed her residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center and is a Board Certified Pediatrician.