Here’s What Losing 10% of Your Bodyweight Can Do
Unfortunately, more than than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese, and this has got to stop. Experts have long offered the “10 percent solution,” that shows through countless research studies that losing as little as 10 percent of your body weight has incredible positive impacts on overall health. What benefits can you expect if your drop that 10%? Check them out below:
- Healthier heart- Dropping 10% of your body weight can lower your cholesterol and reduce your blood pressure, therefore reducing your risk factors for heart disease
- Lower risk of type 2 diabetes- Being overweight increases your risk for type 2 diabetes. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight will improve your body’s ability to use the insulin it makes, and can even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. If you’ve already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, losing 10 percent can reduce your complications!
- Increased energy- It makes sense that as you lose weight, you’re literally carrying a lighter load around. Dropping 10 percent of your body weight can increase your energy, and help your body function better.
- Lower Cancer Risk- Certain types of cancer (gallbladder, prostate, kidneys, breast, and colon) are strongly associated with being overweight or obese. In fact, Weight Loss For All reports that “women who gain more than 20 pounds between age 18 and mid life double their risk of postmenopausal breast cancer compared to women who do not gain weight.” Losing just 10 percent of your current weight can significantly decrease your risk of these types of cancer.
- Motivation to keep going- Losing 10 percent can increase your self-confidence and inspire you to continue on your weight loss journey. Losing that 10 percent is a big deal — once you get there congratulate yourself and keep on going!