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5 Health Benefits of Losing Weight

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There are many reasons you might want to lose weight, from aesthetic to medical concerns. No matter your reason, losing weight also brings a lot of health benefits.

Dr. Evan Allen of Allen Wellness & Medical Center in Henderson, Nevada is a dedicated obesity medicine specialist and can help you reach a healthy weight. Here, he explains five of the top health benefits of losing weight. 

1. Reduce strain on joints 

One consequence of extra weight is the increase in the amount of force put on your joints. The result of this strain might not show up for many years, at which point it could appear as arthritis or worse.

Losing weight helps reduce the strain on joints such as knees and hips to keep them healthy for years to come.

2. Reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes

Your risk for other diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, also increases with time. When you weigh more than you should, you’re increasing your risk of getting one of these diseases. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to lose much weight to decrease your risk or to gain the health benefits of weight loss; losing as little as 5-10% of your body weight can have benefits.

3. Lower cholesterol and blood pressure 

Losing weight has numerous health benefits. Some of the biggest health benefits of weight loss include lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure. Your risk of many future health problems can be mitigated if you take steps now to reduce your weight.

4. Better sleep

Losing weight doesn’t just reduce your future risk of diseases; it also helps you to live a better life now. Being overweight can lead to problems such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), both of which can disrupt your sleep.

If you have sleep apnea or other sleep problems, losing weight may improve your respiratory function, leading to increased sleep quality. 

5. Boosting mood and energy

Losing weight improves your respiratory function and sleep quality, leading to more energy throughout the day. Additionally, dropping excess weight reduces the strain and impact on your body so you have more energy for the things you love. 

Plus, the lifestyle changes you make when losing weight such as eating healthily and exercising regularly are both great mood boosters.

How we can help your weight loss journey

Losing weight can be hard. But when you enlist the help of Dr. Evan Allen and his obesity medicine services, you have the added support of a trained medical professional with you every step of the way. 

Dr. Allen helps you to develop an eating plan designed for healthy weight loss that’s customized to the way that you eat. For most people, that involves losing 1-2 pounds per week.

In addition, Dr. Allen helps you pick an exercise program that you can stick with over the long term. The best exercise is not what’s going to deliver the biggest results the most quickly, but something that you can maintain over time.

If you need help losing weight, getting the right help is essential. Contact Dr. Evan Allen at Allen Wellness & Medical Center today or request an appointment online.