November 7, 2018
More than two-thirds of the U.S. population is either overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based on a measure known as the Body Mass Index. This tool uses your height and weight to determine if you are underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.
Losing weight boosts your energy and confidence levels. But, did you know that dropping even a few pounds can do more than just help you look good? Here are a few benefits of weight loss you might not have considered before.
Losing a few extra pounds and fitting into your smaller-sized clothing can elevate your mood and give you a better outlook on life. If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll release more of the “feel good” hormones, known as endorphins. These hormones are responsible for that confident feeling you get after a good workout.
Less Joint Pain
Your joints bare the stress of carrying around your weight every day. One study found that for each pound you lose, you reduce the strain on your knees by four pounds. That means that losing 10 pounds decreases the stress on your knees and other joints by as much as 40 pounds. Remember, every pound lost counts toward your overall health.
Losing weight typically means healthier food choices. When you eat less fatty and greasy foods, you might notice clearer skin. While there isn’t any hard science between skin breakouts and diet, many people report having acne breakouts after eating unhealthy foods. If you want clearer skin, eating a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients is essential.
The old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” might be more accurate than you think. Research has found that diets high in sugar, fat, and calories can make you more prone to infections and illness. Eating foods rich in fiber and antioxidants keeps your immune system working its best.
There are a few studies that have linked large amounts of weight loss with improved memory. Some researchers feel other factors might come into play, such as increased social connectedness and overall mental activity that sometimes happens after weight loss. However, regardless of the reason, we think that improved memory and a trimmer waistline are a good complement.
If you’re looking for a few more reasons to get back on track with your weight loss goals, give Healthcare Associates of Texas a call today. We’re here to remind you of all the benefits you will have when you lose a few extra pounds.