Whether you’re obese or just a bit overweight, losing inches off your waist may be at the top of your list of things to do this year. You wouldn’t be alone, either. According to the American Heart Association, almost 70 percent of all American adults are overweight or obese. However, losing weight the old-fashioned way with diet and exercise can be difficult and, sometimes, ineffective, which may put a damper on your resolve to trim the fat. Luckily, there are plenty of other reasons aside from appearances to get yourself down to a healthier weight this year. Although you may not be able to see these benefits in the mirror, you can still feel them internally, which will make both you and your doctor happier with your progress.
Fat doesn’t just pile onto your waistline and thighs. It also collects on internal organs such as your liver. This extra internal fat can cause inflammation and reduce the functionality of your organ systems, especially your heart. In people who suffer from obesity, the heart may swell and begin beating abnormally. Additionally, because cholesterol and fat can constrict crucial arteries and veins, the heart must pump harder to move the same amount of blood, increasing blood pressure. These side effects of obesity can be exceedingly dangerous, as people who are overweight are at an increased risk for stroke, heart attack or heart disease.
When your liver is encased in body fat, it can also affect the way your body can process food. Insulin becomes less effective, making it more difficult for your body to break down sugars you consume. These sugars and the lipids produced by a fatty liver enter your bloodstream and travel around to the rest of your body, placing you at a significantly heightened risk for diabetes.
Weight loss, even if it’s just a few pounds, can have lasting positive effects on the body. In a study published in the journal “Cell Metabolism,” researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine asked some members of a participant group of 40 obese, sedentary adults to go on a diet to lose at least five percent of their body weight. After three and a half months, nineteen participants achieved their five percent goal and were able to decrease fat levels on their body and in the liver, as well as reduce their risk of diabetes and heart disease. Nine of these participants went on to reach the ten percent and 15 percent goals, demonstrating improved insulin effectiveness and reduced lipid and blood sugar levels. As this study concluded, even a loss of ten or 15 pounds of fat can improve health and decrease the risk of developing disease.
Bone and Joint Health
It may be hard to believe, but, after a particular weight threshold, your body may struggle to support your own weight. We often take walking, bending down and standing up for granted, but when your body is burdened with too much fat, your joints and bones can be put under strain. Many obese or overweight people experience aches and pains in their joints and backs that can severely reduce their range of motion. The extra weight placed on load-bearing joints can grind down cartilage, leading to severe osteoarthritis, the breaking down of cartilage in the joints. More than 30 million adults in America suffer from osteoarthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).3
Losing weight can relieve the pressure on cartilage and vital joints in the hips and knees, reducing the likelihood that you’ll be diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the future and increasing your range of motion.
Everyone loves seeing the numbers on the scale plummet and their pants loosen when they’re in the middle of losing weight. Even though fitting into your old clothes is great, the satisfaction of losing weight successfully can also improve your mental health. Achieving your weight loss goals boosts your confidence and improves your mood. This is especially important for those who are overweight and also suffer from depression and anxiety associated with their body image and confidence. The improved quality of life you experience as a result of weight loss reduces the effects of depression and anxiety, and building healthier eating and exercise habits can curb stress and hunger to help keep the weight off.
Bariatric Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Solutions in Corpus Christi, TX
If diet and exercise alone aren’t producing the results you want in your weight loss journey, let the weight loss experts at the Better Weigh Center help you improve your health with cutting-edge weight loss strategies and surgical solutions. We understand that many people struggle to lose their excess weight and shed inches off their waistline. That’s why we offer compassionate service and state-of-the-art technology to assist you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Contact us online or call (361) 500-2898 to schedule your consultation today!