How Losing Weight Can Improve Your Overall Health

Weight loss is a shared goal among many people. While people often want to lose weight for cosmetic reasons, shedding some pounds can improve the overall health of your body, too. By maintaining a healthy weight, you’ll look better, feel better, and prevent health complications down the road. 

Losing even a modest amount of weight may improve your:

Heart Health

Losing weight can lower the strain on your arteries, which makes it easier for the heart to pump blood throughout the body. This leads to lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, which in turn lowers the risk of developing heart disease. 

Quality of Sleep

Individuals who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea; sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes breathing disruption during sleep. Being overweight can cause larger deposits of fat in the neck, which can block the airways. While weight loss may not entirely cure sleep apnea, it can improve the condition and your quality of sleep. A higher quality of sleep can also contribute to higher energy levels throughout the day. 

Joint Health

Carrying extra weight places added stress on the joints, which can cause inflammation and pain. By losing weight, you’ll lighten the load on your joints and lessen pain. Over time, maintaining a healthy weight will reduce the wear and tear on the joints that can lead to chronic pain.  

Stress Levels

By losing weight, you’ll likely improve your diet, exercise routine, and quality of sleep. These lifestyle factors also contribute to lower stress levels. So, by losing weight, you can also improve your ability to manage stress. 

At Family Medical Centers, we offer weight loss and weight management services from skilled physicians. To begin your weight loss journey, schedule an appointment with us today. 

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