I'm really excited to start a segment of my blog entitled 'Ten Pound Tuesday,' where I talk about health and weight issues, all in the effort to lose 10 pounds. Now I need to lose more than 10 pounds, but there are so many health benefits of just losing 10 pounds. I don't necessarily follow Dr. Oz other than when he's on The Soup for crazy shows like 'How Old is our Vagina?,' but here are 10 health benefits from losing 10lbs:
1. Lower Your Cholesterol Level
Being overweight is linked to high levels of LDL (lowsy, bad) cholesterol. As LDL cholesterol circulates through your bloodstream, it can deposit plaque in your arteries, narrowing them. This can lead to heart attacks or strokes. Exercise and a healthy diet will help increase your HDL cholesterol (good), and decrease the LDL. Ten pounds of weight loss can lower cholesterol by more than 10%.
2. Lower Blood Pressure
Plaque buildup in our arteries can cause High Blood Pressure(hypertension). Hypertension thickens the walls of the heart, leaving them stiff and prone to heart failure. As the heart works harder, blood vessels in the kidneys can be damaged, which can lead to kidney failure. Losing 10 pounds will decrease your blood pressure, protecting our heart and kidneys.
3. Reduce Your Risk for Heart Attacks
Excessive plaque buildup can result in dangerously narrowed arteries. In the case of a heart attack, your coronary artery becomes completely blocked, cutting off the oxygen that your heart muscle needs. Losing 10 pounds can reduce heart attacks greater than 50% risk.
4. Reduce Your Risk for Dementia
Visceral fat is abdominal fat that surrounds your internal organs and contains cells that release chemicals that cause inflammation in the body. This inflammation can cause memory loss and increase your chances of developing dementia. Also obesity can cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol putting you at risk for stroke. Some strokes are known as “silent strokes” and can occur without symptoms. But each time one occurs, blood is cut off to the brain, resulting in damaged, brain tissue which is prone to dementia. High blood pressure and cholesterol can also increase the likelihood that you may develop Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Reduce Sleep Apnea Risk
When you are overweight, extra tissue thickens your windpipe wall, narrowing your airway. Also the increased size of your tongue and tonsils become a threat to the narrowed airway, especially when you are sleeping. This can cause a life-threatening condition known as sleep apnea. The unsuccessful effort to take in air results in a dangerously low oxygen level. Your brain shocks your body awake to keep you alive. If you have severe sleep apnea, you can be awaken hundreds of times a night. Losing 10 pounds can widen our windpipe, helping to enable sleep throughout the night and reduce your chance for developing sleep apnea. A good night’s sleep also has positive effect on the hormones that effect weight loss.
6. Reduce Joint Pain
Being overweight puts extra pressure on your joints. For every extra pound of excess weight on your body, you add 3 times that amount of pressure on your knees. This means that 10 extra pounds equals 30 pounds of pressure grinding down. And when walking up stairs Dr Oz says you can multiply your extra weight by 7. Now thirty pounds of pressure becomes 70 pounds. Over time, this force wears away your cartilage, causing arthritis. As you lose weight, pressure is reduced on your joints and the cushioning between your bones builds back up. A 10 pound weight loss over 10 years may decrease your odds of developing osteoarthritis by as much as a 50%.
7. Reduce Your Risk for Cancer
Fat cells are highly active, releasing large amounts of hormones like estrogen, insulin, and insulin-like growth factors that can fuel many cancers. The risk for breast cancer, uterine cancer and many other types of cancers declines when you lose weight. Just losing 8 pounds can significantly reduce the levels of specific carcinogenic hormones.
8. Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes
Being overweight causes your cells to be less sensitive to insulin, the hormone that manages the movement of sugar in your cells. Being overweight puts you at huge risk for developing type 2 diabetes. A 10 pound weight loss of can reduce your chance of getting diabetes by 60%.
9. Improve Your Sex Life
Erectile dysfunction can be a problem for as many as 80% of obese and overweight men. Additionally Dr Oz says our sex drive is affected by high blood pressure and diabetes, conditions we are likely to have if we are overweight.
10. Save You Money
Losing weight can reduce blood pressure and reverse type 2 diabetes reducing your need for prescription medications. Dr Oz said a recent study estimated that cutting just 100 calories a day could prevent or eliminate 71.2 million cases of obesity and save $58 billion annually in the United States.
Source: A New Day, A New Me
I found this picture on pinterest, and am thinking this could be the start for many of us:
Source: Wicked Skinny to the Max
Fellow bloggers, would you be interested in linking up on Tuesdays? Just posting something you did to either lose 10lbs or to just get healthy?
What do you guys think? Like the idea? Hate the idea?