Get News & Updates Directly To Your Inbox
Delicious recipes, nutrition tips and "ask the dietitian."
Find A Doctor Or Hospital In Your Network.
That level of weight loss can help lower your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, says the Mayo Clinic. Depending on your weight, losing 5 percent of your current weight is a realistic goal.
The benefits of losing weight go well beyond appearance. It will improve your health and quality of life.
You might notice that you feel better after losing a few pounds. You may have more energy. And other changes are happening inside your body. A lot of good can come from just a 5 percent weight loss.
Help Your JointsJust 10 extra pounds add 30 to 60 pounds of extra pressure on your knees and other lower body joints. Losing even a little weight can ease some pressure. If you keep the weight off, you’re less likely to get osteoarthritis or other joint issues later in life. And if you already have osteoarthritis, losing just 10 pounds and keeping it off can reduce the progression of the disease by 50 percent.
Prevent or Put Off DiabetesWeight loss and exercise are ways you can try to prevent or delay getting diabetes. If you already have diabetes, losing weight helps in other ways. It can help you keep control of your blood sugar and take less medication. It can also cut the chances that diabetes will cause other health problems.
Lower Your Blood PressureExtra weight means your blood pushes harder against your artery walls, and that makes your heart work harder. Trimming 5 percent of your weight can lower your blood pressure. Cutting your salt intake can help, too.
Reduce InflammationTissues all over the body can be inflamed by chemicals released by fat cells, especially those found in the belly. Inflammation is linked to a range of serious health problems like arthritis, heart disease and stroke.
Make a realistic plan and start with small changes. Look at what you eat and how much physical activity you get. Improving those habits can be a key to weight loss.
Plan for Success
Eat to LoseOn the food front, the old standards are true.
Once you get started, strive to keep going. Lose more if you need to, or build on your weight loss by adding other healthy habits. People who do see improvements in physical health, energy levels, physical mobility, general mood and self-confidence, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Originally published 9/29/2021; Revised 2023
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
© Copyright 2024 Health Care Service Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Telligent is an operating division of Verint Americas, Inc., an independent company that provides and hosts an online community platform for blogging and access to social media for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana.
File is in portable document format (PDF). To view this file, you may need to install a PDF reader program. Most PDF readers are a free download. One option is Adobe® Reader® which has a built-in screen reader. Other Adobe accessibility tools and information can be downloaded at https://access.adobe.com.
Powered by Telligent