Losing Weight: 10 Surprising Health Benefits You May Not Know

by | Feb 15, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you know that 63.8% of people living in the UK aged 18+ are estimated to be overweight or living with obesity. These stats lead us to the conclusion that every 3 out of 5 adults are at an increased risk of serious diseases because of being overweight. Are they not interested in losing weight and staying healthy?

But the question which arises here is why the Brits are overweight? The answer is given in an article by BBC which claims that the problem of obesity in the United Kingdom is caused by low levels of physical activity, together with a growing number of people working at sedentary offices over recent decades.

So the key to success for better health is losing weight.

But how??? You can simply lose weight if you consume less calories than you burn. For this, the best method is physical activity. Losing only 5%-10% of the weight gives you immense results and keep you away from many chronic conditions like

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic joint and back pain
  • Different types of cancers (colon,pancreas,liver, kidney)
  • Various heart diseases

So to discover the surprising hidden gems of weight loss lets go together step by step

Losing Weight Helps you to Stay Energetic:

Researchers have found a relationship between obesity and various negative effects on health and well-being, such as fatigue, sleep problems, and decreased satisfaction with overall health, functioning, and vitality.

 Healthy eating and regular exercise helps you stay active and energetic.

Losing even a few pounds allows you to have better sleep, improved respiratory functions and enhanced sense of well-being. With more power and energy you feel more confident and high spirited.

 No More Diabetes:

When it comes to developing type 2 diabetes, obesity is considered the leading risk factor. In this type of diabetes, you may develop insulin resistance, which means your insulin-producing cells don’t respond typically to insulin, which leads to high blood sugar levels.

 Constant high blood sugar levels can cause serious health issues which can cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves.

 But by lifestyle modifications and reducing your weight you can easily prevent diabetes. A study published in 2011 states that by losing only 7% of the body weight can reduce 58% chances of diabetes. You can achieve this goal easily by reducing caloric intake and regular physical activity.

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Healthy and Happy Heart:

If you want to have a happy and healthy heart you have to reduce weight. Obesity and being overweight is the risk factor for many cardiovascular conditions such as increased triglycerides, high LDL (bad cholesterol), lower HDL (good cholesterol), and high blood pressure. 

The fat in your body has lots of blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to every inch of it. So more fat means your heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout the body. This leads to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular conditions.

Excess weight may also cause a plaque build up in the blood vessels. This narrows the blood vessels and increases the chances of stroke and heart attack.

A study published in 2015 concluded that losing only 5-10% of the body weight can reduce cardiovascular risk factors and significant improvement in triglycerides, LDL and HDL levels.

So weight loss helps you make your heart happy and healthy, keeps you active and improves your energy levels.

Go Easy with Joints:

Having extra weight can damage your joints in the long run. The stress of extra weight can speed up the aging of joints. This is because the cartilage (soft tissues) at the end of the bones deteriorate causing the joints to be inflamed which results in pain and discomfort.

A key study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism of overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA) concluded that losing only 10 pounds would relieve 40 pounds of pressure from your knees.

Losing weight also reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. So weight loss helps reduce stress and pressure on the joints which improves mobility.

Losing Weight Improves Breathing:

Being overweight and obese you may always feel out of breath, fatigued. You may also have headaches and may be snoring. All these conditions may be due to Obesity hypoventilation syndrome, which is a breathing disorder. This syndrome affects people who have been diagnosed with obesity.   

Normally you have more oxygen and less carbon dioxide in your blood because you exhale carbon dioxide as a byproduct of breakdown of food for releasing energy. But people with obesity hypoventilation syndrome have more carbon dioxide and less oxygen in their blood.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle, regular physical activity and low calorie intake can reduce the risk of obesity hypoventilation syndrome and improved breathing pattern.

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Cuts Cancer Risk:

While the precise relationship between being overweight and cancer is unknown, a number of experts think that fat deposits near important organs, such as the liver, pancreas, kidney, and breast, may trigger inflammation and aid in the development of certain cancers.

According to the American Health Society, the scientists are still trying to figure out the exact relationship between obesity and cancer. However, it could be because having too much body fat increases your risk of:

  • Body inflammation
  • Abnormal growth of cells and blood vessels
  • Capacity of cells to survive longer than they otherwise would
  • Increased levels of hormones like insulin, estrogen
  • The potential for cancer cells to proliferate

So if you are trying to lose weight or just have done it, congrats you’ve saved yourself from various serious complications.

Sleep Better:

Being overweight can cause obstructive sleep apnea by increasing fat deposits in the neck. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition in which you cannot have a peaceful sleep because of interrupted breathing. 

Although weight loss doesn’t always cure the condition, losing only 5-10% of your body weight can have a positive impact on the quality of sleep and lessen the frequency and intensity of apnea episodes.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a growing problem linked to higher levels of cardiovascular disease, mortality, lower productivity, and an increased risk of accidents. A study published in 2021 categorizes obesity as a cause of obstructive sleep apnea.

So the good news is that only 7-8 hrs of good quality sleep helps you reduce weight as well as improve the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Increase your Sex Drive:

Weight loss activates your sex drive. But how??? Scientists are still trying to figure out the exact correlation between sex drive and body mass index (BMI). Studies have shown that both surgical and non-surgical weight loss is associated with elevated sexual function. 

Some studies suggest that excess weight may affect hormones in the blood which lowers sex drive. 

On the flip side, when we consider the complete opposite scenario, having an insufficient body weight, engaging in excessive dieting, or imposing severe calorie restrictions can also hinder sexual drive and libido.

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Losing Weight<br />

Improves Depression and Elevates Mood:

When you lose weight you feel so light and lively. You are always very energetic. You want to move around and stay fit. Losing weight might be a cure to your blues. Regular exercise and weight loss improves the symptoms of depression and elevates your mood.

According to research conducted in weight loss trials, obese individuals experienced a reduction in symptoms of depression. 

Extensive research, including epidemiological studies, clinical trials, and recent meta-analyses, consistently shows that mood disorders and obesity tend to co-occur in all races of populations examined, thereby establishing a strong association between the two.

Reduces Inflammation:

The presence of fat cells, especially in the abdominal area, can lead to the release of chemicals that have the potential to irritate and inflame tissues throughout the body. 

This may lead to serious health problems like arthritis, heart attack and stroke. Losing only a few pounds can reduce the amount of these chemicals and cut the chances for developing these serious illnesses.

Studies support that weight loss helps in reducing inflammation.

How to lose weight?

Weight loss can be very challenging. It requires commitment, planning and a complete mindset to continue. Fad diets, starvation and weight loss teas are all gimmicks and are not effective in the long run. If you really want to lose weight follow some of the following tips:

Set your goals wisely:

You can’t lose weight overnight so you have to be careful while setting your goals. Go slow and steady. Work with one pound at a time. Count your inches. Appreciate yourself with even the smallest milestone achieved. 

Weight loss also requires a positive mindset. Seeing the weight scale stuck at number may lead to frustration and depression. But remember, when you have set the goal and are working towards it, your body is also in the process of working along with you. Keep up your motivational levels so you can see results gradually.

Exercise Regularly:

Be regular with your exercise. Choose the exercises that you enjoy. Rather doing the exercises that are hard to perform try swimming which is easy on your joints. While swimming you not just lose fat but also learn a lifelong skill that may benefit you in many ways in the future.

And if you are afraid of stepping into water you can try calisthenics which is not only entertaining but also doesn’t require any expensive gym memberships and fancy equipment. Calisthenics leaves you with no excuse not to exercise.

Smart Snacking:

As most Brits have long working hours in sedentary offices so snacking during the day is a must. So when it comes to snacking, make healthy choices. Eat nuts, fruits, high fibre food, lean proteins. These choices keep you full for a longer period of time and give you less calories than the fast food.

Also it is a good idea to try intermittent fasting. Although it is better to consult your doctor before trying some weight loss diet and fasting periods. The main goal is to stay healthy.

losing weight

Work with a Friend:

Nothing works as an individual, right? We all need company to grow and succeed! The same goes for working out. Work with a friend to track your progress and make your weight loss interesting . But don’t  over compare yourself too much with your friend because everybody has a different metabolism. Don’t stress yourself too much.

Mindful Eating:

It’s the rule of the thumb – Never eat while you are working or busy.
Always take your meals with full attention. It helps you develop relationships with the diet you take. And we are taught to chew every bite 22 times for better digestion. 

It helps you understand what you are eating and how much quantity you should eat. And it also keeps your digestive system running smoothly. Doctors also recommend making portions of your food. Try to stick with the portion control diet.

Don’t be Harsh on Yourself:

Two people never lose weight similar to each other. If you have planned a diet and exercise with your friend and sibling then they may lose weight much faster than you. So, Don’t be harsh on yourself. 

Don’t impose a ban on the food you love. Treat yourself with your favorite food whenever you achieve your goals. Or take a day off from dieting and take the food you love but in limited quantities so that you don’t mess with your progress. And remember to make losing weight a fun activity. It will save you from frustration and demotivation.

Take Away:

Every human is beautiful in its own skin so you are. But managing your weight and preventing yourself from serious illnesses is your prime responsibility. Losing weight can protect you from certain forms of cancers. It can prevent you from diabetes and improve various cardiovascular conditions. Weight loss not only improves your mobility by reducing the pressure on joints but also elevates the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Reducing only some pounds keeps you energetic, fresh and lively throughout the day.

But in your weight loss journey be kind to yourself. Stick to your goals. Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly to get the best results. And if you need more help we at swimcore are here to help!



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