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February 03, 2016

Six Things You'll Gain When You Lose Weight

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At any given time, approximately 45 million Americans are on a diet. Perhaps this was one of the resolutions you made at the start of the year. If you’re like many Americans, you’ve probably already abandoned that goal. To restore some momentum to help you lose weight, here are six ways your life many improve if you succeed in shedding those unwanted pounds.

1. Your risk of disease will decline

According to the National Institutes of Health, being overweight can greatly raise your risk of a number of diseases, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Some cancers, including colon, breast, endometrial and gallbladder

Cutting the weight can, in many cases, immediately reduce your risk for these diseases.

2. You’ll lower your risk of injury

In a study conducted by Ohio State University, researchers discovered that the higher a person’s body mass index (BMI), the more likely they were to have an injury, such as a fall. Falls account for over 70 percent of ER visits for older adults and, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC), are the leading cause of injury in the elderly.

3. You’ll save money

Because of the greater risk of disease among people who are obese, their medical bills tend to be higher than those of people of normal weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person who’s obese has medical costs $1,429 higher per year than someone who maintains a normal weight.

4. Your memory may improve

In a study conducted at Kent State University, 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.

6. 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 50-pound box of weights 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!

A Fedelta in-home caregiver can help with a weight-loss program by providing assistance with planning, shopping and preparing healthful meals and working with you to ensure your follow through on prescribed exercise programs.  

Reprinted with permission. Copyright 2016, IlluminAge