Weight Loss - Magic 10%
We so often focus on the outside when we talk about losing weight. Let’s look at some amazing things that can happen on the inside. Here’s what losing 10% of your body weight could do for your body!
Your blood vessels supply the heart with the blood it needs to pump optimally. A 10% loss reduces your heart’s workload. By losing weight, you are reducing the fat that can form plaque and clog your coronary arteries. Clogged arteries can cause a heart attack. Lower that risk by lowering your weight.
Your weight and your blood pressure have a connection. If you are at a healthy weight you are more likely to maintain a healthy blood pressure. With a 10% weight loss, you may be able to reduce or possibly eliminate your blood pressure medications.
By lowering your body weight by 10%, you lower your risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. Research has also shown that 10% weight-loss can decrease your A1C by half a point on average. That is very close to the effect that some anti-diabetic pills can have on blood sugar. A 10% weight-loss can also improve sleep apnea, or even make the use of a CPAP machine unnecessary.
Blood fats, or blood lipids, in your bloodstream can also change with weight loss. Your triglycerides goes down, your LDL (the bad kind) cholesterol goes down, and your HDL (the good kind) cholesterol goes up. A 10% weight-loss can result in a five point increase in HDL cholesterol. Getting and staying at a healthy weight and lowering your blood pressure usually means fewer blood clots that can break away and cause havoc with your brain, heart and/or lungs. A 10% loss can decrease the levels of inflammatory substances circulating in your blood thereby reducing the risk of vascular damage.
Work with your local Registered Dietitian Nutritionist today and work magic on your insides!
Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
Nutritionist, Dietitian & Energy Worker