Seven Ways You’ll Gain by Losing Weight

We’ve all heard that being overweight may have a negative impact on our overall health. But the price of a few extra pounds may be higher than you thought. Here a just a few of the benefits of dropping some of those unwanted pounds.
1. You’ll lower your risk for many diseases
Obesity increases your risk for numerous diseases, including:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Some cancers, including colon, breast, pancreas, gallbladder, and esophagus
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Cutting the weight can, in many cases, immediately reduce your risk for these diseases.
2. You’ll lower your risk of injury
Not only does carrying extra pounds increase your risk of disease, it nearly doubles your risk of injury. In a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 85 percent of workers injured on the job were overweight.
 3. You’ll save money
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person who’s obese has medical costs $1,429 higher per year than someone who maintains a normal weight. Obesity can increase the cost of both health and life insurance. Overall, an obese man racks up an average of $2,646 annually in extra expenses. Obesity costs women an average of $4,879 annually. Eating less also saves on food costs.
4. Your memory may improve
According to a several studies, losing weight may improve your memory. In one study, obese people were divided into two groups – one group had gastric bypass surgery, the other didn’t. After 12 weeks, both groups took a set of memory tastes, similar to ones taken before the study began. The surgery patients, who lost an average of 50 pounds, showed improvement in a number of cognitive abilities, including memory. Those who had not had the surgery showed a mild decline in memory. Additionally, obesity has been shown to be one of the risk factors in developing Alzheimer’s disease.
 5. You’ll sleep better
Obesity raises your risk factor for sleep disorders, including apnea, one of the most serious. Sleep disorders generally result in a lack of restful sleep, which produces more of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you hungry. The hungrier you are, the more you eat, which, in turn, decreases your chance of having a good night’s sleep. A viscous circle. By losing weight, you’ll sleep better, increasing your chances of being less hungry. If you’re less hungry, you’ll eat less. If you eat less, you may lose weight. Turn a viscous circle into a virtuous circle.
 6. You’ll breathe easier
Carrying extra pounds – particularly around the midsection – can press on the diaphragm and make breathing more difficult. Additionally, the more you weigh, the harder your lungs have to work when you’re physically active. In a study conducted by the University of Ottawa, a 10 percent reduction in weight resulted in a five percent boost in lung function.
 7. You’ll have more energy
Those extra pounds makes it harder for your heart to get blood to every part of your body and for your body to move extra pounds from Point A to Point B. Just imagine having to carry a 30-pound sack of flour around all day and you’ll understand what we mean. Shedding those pounds means your body has to work less hard, freeing up all kinds of energy – to play ball with the kids, to exercise more, to do whatever your heart desires!

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