Health Benefits of Weight/Fat Loss
A little goes a long way when it comes to losing some body weight, particularly fat weight. Research has shown that losing 5-10% of your body weight, can have major benefits for your health.
Such a small loss may not seem like much if you’re trying to fit into your bikini, but in terms of health benefits, it can be a huge victory.
‘Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk for the development of a multitude of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more,’ says David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and of the Yale Preventive Medicine Center.
According to several studies losing a few kilo’s, can start to turn your health around.
Lifestyle changes that include healthier eating habits, regular physical activity, and 5%-10% weight loss, have shown phenomenal health benefits much more effective than any medication can ever be. Lowering body weight can reverse or prevent diabetes; lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels; and improve sleep apnea and other sleep problems — along with helping you feel better about yourself. 90% of diabetes, 80% heart disease and 60% of cancers are preventable with healthier lifestyles and normal body weight.
‘We have seen a consistent pattern in our weight loss studies: when patients lose 5%-10% of their body weight, they lower blood pressure, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, improve glucose tolerance (insulin resistance), and in general, lower the risk for cardiovascular disease’, says Catherine Champagne, a researcher with Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Doctors consistently report that they successfully take patients off blood pressure and cholesterol lowering medications after the patients lost as little as 5kg’s of fat. Read more about metabolic syndrome, leptin, insulin and glucose.
Apples and Pears
Losing a little weight can be especially beneficial for people who store their excess weight around their abdomen (apple shape), rather than their hips (pear shape). This ‘apple’ pattern of weight distribution means you’re at greater risk for heart disease – but it also means it should be easier to lose the weight, and therefore reverse the health risk.
Fat stored around the waist and in the liver, is more metabolically active, which makes it a high risk trigger for heart disease, but also easier to lose.
Waist circumference risk: above 85cm for women, and 102cm for men.
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