Why Lose Weight?
Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to lose weight. There are a variety of mental, physical and social reasons cited for starting a medical weight loss program but perhaps the most overlooked reason is because of the health consequences associated with weight. Many people do not realize the degree to which the symptoms and ailments they struggle with are associated with being overweight. The truth is that obesity is a medical problem that could be affecting your mental and physical health.
Here are some of the leading reasons to lose weight:
- Increased flexibility
- Improved health
- Increased endurance
- Reduced cost during traveling
- Improved self-esteem
- Enhanced aesthetic appearance
It is difficult to lose weight on your own through traditional diet and exercise, and many people grow discouraged when the weight they lose soon returns. It is for this reason that successful medical weight loss programs facilitate the learning of new healthful skills and the change of old unhealthy habits.
How Will Losing Weight Impact Your Health?
Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States with about 300,000 people dying every year from conditions associated with their excess weight.
While losing weight takes time, you can start experiencing the health benefits of weight loss and start feeling better very quickly. Losing just 5% to 10% of your excess weight can result in significant improvements to your health.
Losing weight can help treat and reduce your risk of developing the following health conditions:
- Heart disease
- Type-2 Diabetes
- Sleep Apnea
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD
- Gallbladder disease
- Certain types of cancer
- High cholesterol
The heavier you are and the longer you struggle with obesity, the greater your risk for developing obesity related conditions becomes. Struggling with excess weight for an extended period of time also makes it more difficult to lose weight.