We are going to assume you have weight to lose. How much weight exactly is irrelevant because it varies between individuals. With that said, if you are a middle-aged adult there is a likelihood you have more than just a few pounds you ought to lose. Even if you have been gaining half a pound a month over four years, that totals twenty-four pounds. Twenty pounds give or take, can mean the difference between being at a healthy weight or being overweight.
There are many reasons to lose weight. While some are related to appearance and self-esteem, the most prudent reasons are in regards to health. If you have any issues with blood sugar, weight loss will help you. High cholesterol can be gradually reduced through fat loss as well. And this is just the beginning.
If you have twenty pounds or more to lose, you have the potential to make drastic improvements to your health and well-being. When you lower your weight by twenty pounds…
- your fasting blood sugar levels drop considerably.
- insulin function will improve.
Lower blood sugar levels and weight loss will improve the status of anyone with Type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetics will also have fewer concerns.
Lowering your body weight to such a degree will also improve your blood cholesterol profile. This means your LDL cholesterol levels will drop, while your HDL levels will rise or stay the same.
- HDL is known as “good” cholesterol – higher levels are correlated with a lower risk of heart disease. HDL removes lipids from the bloodstream and substantially bolsters your cardiovascular health.
- In contrast, LDL cholesterol is related to cardiovascular problems and several other complications.
Lowering your weight will also decrease the volume of triglycerides circulating in your bloodstream. If you had not guessed it, this is yet another underestimated benefit of weight loss.
It is easy to think the main advantages of weight loss are physical. After all, this is what is most clear. The physiological benefits require blood tests to measure notable changes.
As you age, it will become more and more imperative for you to look after your health. It is best to place less importance on losing fat for aesthetic purposes and more towards improving your well-being. Time is our most precious resource – and our health is what influences our longevity the most.
Lastly, none of the above is to say it isn’t a good feeling to go down in waist size after losing twenty or so pounds. It is yet another benefit to look forward to.