It is often said by healthcare professionals that we can experience many health benefits when we lose as little as 5%-10% of our body weight. When a person is overweight, they are putting their body through a lot of additional stress. Losing just a small amount can make a huge difference to our wellbeing:
- Improve quality of sleep – sleep is essential for our bodies to repair themselves. When we are overweight, we do not experience the same level of sleep, through breathing difficulties, or simply not being comfortable.
- Decreased risk of heart problems – it is well known that obesity and being overweight increase our chances of having heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure. Losing a little weight, up to 10% can make a huge difference in the blood pressure and the strain on our hearts.
- Lower risk of diabetes – type 2 diabetes is sometimes known as the problem we get when we eat too much! Losing a little weight dramatically reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.