Immediate Health Benefits of Losing Weight

Immediate Health Benefits of Losing Weight

Obesity is a growing problem, leading to serious health issues like heart disease and high blood pressure. Your risk for severe health problems is much higher when you have excess body fat, especially in your abdomen.

However, you can take control of your health by making lifestyle changes to lose weight. The benefits to your body are substantial, even losing a few pounds.

Dr. Robert Snow and our team at Snow Bariatric Center in Fort Worth and Flower Mound, Texas, are experts in weight loss. Dr. Snow is an esteemed bariatric surgeon who helps you finally achieve weight loss through various methods and procedures.

How excess weight impacts your health

Your weight has a considerable impact on your physical health and your mental well-being. Excess weight puts a lot of strain on your joints and organs, leading to various health issues that include the following:

Medical issues aren't the only way your weight affects your health. When you're overweight, your mental health suffers, too. You're at a higher risk for depression and self-esteem problems if you're obese or overweight.

Family history, genetics, and other aspects of your health also affect your chances of developing chronic health problems. Your chances of all of these conditions increase when you're significantly overweight. Still, there are other factors at play, as well.

Dr. Snow helps you take control of your weight when you're at risk for or suffering from chronic health conditions. He enables you to lose weight effectively, which has numerous benefits for your body and health.

Early benefits of weight loss

Losing weight has meaningful benefits for your overall health. According to the CDC, losing just 5% to 10% of your weight can have a powerful impact on your body and well-being. For example, if you weigh 220 pounds, losing even 11 pounds can positively impact your health.

With only moderate weight loss, your body experiences immediate health benefits. Some of the essential health benefits you'll see right away include the following:

Improved sleep

When you lose weight, you can quickly eliminate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a severe health condition that affects your sleep and causes you to stop breathing for short periods at night.

Even a small amount of weight loss can significantly improve your sleep quality, especially if you suffer from sleep apnea.

Increased energy

Being overweight affects your physical health significantly. One of the ways you feel this is through decreased energy and persistent fatigue.

Losing weight improves your mood and energy, which makes you feel better in several ways. It makes you more likely to exercise and enjoy your normal activities.

Decreased joint pain

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the joints in your body. You're at increased risk for this condition when overweight or obese.

When you lose weight, there's less pressure on your joints, which decreases joint pain and stiffness.

Lower blood pressure

Even a modest amount of weight loss can lower your blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, losing just 10 pounds helps you manage or prevent high blood pressure.

Prevent type 2 diabetes

Obesity dramatically increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, so losing weight is the key to your overall health. Losing weight allows you to prevent type 2 diabetes by lowering your blood sugar.

If you already have diabetes, weight loss can allow you to get off your medications or go into remission from diabetes. You may be able to manage the condition with diet and exercise alone with modest weight loss.

Lower your risk of a heart attack

Heart disease is a considerable risk when you're overweight because of the excess strain on your heart. Weight loss dramatically decreases the risk of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke by taking some stress off of your heart muscle.

Dr. Snow and our team can help you finally lose the excess weight that’s wrecking your health. We give you multiple options, including bariatric surgery like gastric bypass and the LAP-BAND®.

To learn about our weight loss options, call one of our Fort Worth or Flower Mound, Texas offices or request an appointment online.

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