- Lower the number on the scale to benefit your health.scale image by PinkShot from Fotolia.com
If you are overweight and need motivation to start losing weight, educate yourself about the benefits of weight reduction. Reducing weight not only affects a person's physical health, it also affects mental health. Even though losing weight by incorporating exercise and adjusting your eating habits takes commitment and dedication, the rewards are worth it.
Heart Disease and Diabetes
- According to the Life Clinic website, losing 5 percent to 10 percent of your body weight can result in a decreased risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the leading causes of death for men and women in the United States. Reducing your weight can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and heart function.
If you are overweight, you are twice as likely to develop non-insulin dependent diabetes than people who are not overweight. Weight loss and exercise can help lower your risk.
Cancer and Sleep
- Overweight people are at a higher risk to develop certain types of cancer. Overweight women are at a higher risk to develop cancer of the cervix, uterus, ovary, gallbladder, colon and breast. Overweight men can develop cancer of the rectum, colon and prostate. Losing weight and exercising can help reduce this risk.
Weight reduction can improve your sleep by lowering your chance of developing sleep apnea, which is common in overweight people. It's a condition where you stop breathing for short periods of time while sleeping. People with sleep apnea tend to snore while they sleep and get sleepy during daytime.
Energy and Self-Confidence
- Overweight people carry unnecessary extra weight around that diminishes their energy levels and decreases their motivation to exercise. According to the Mother Nature website, losing five to 10 pounds can result in increased energy in overweight people.
According to the Barker Bariatric Center, being overweight can affect your self-esteem and bring on feelings of bitterness, inferiority, shame and guilt. When you reduce excess weight, your appearance starts to change. Your body looks smaller, you can wear different clothes and you develop self-confidence and self-esteem to start investing time in friends, family and relationships.