Nearly 50% of American adults try to lose weight every year. The latest trend in workout routines and the newest fad diet might cause temporary weight loss, but for many people, those methods either aren’t successful or they’re simply not sustainable.
If you’ve tried to achieve a healthy weight without success, you’re not alone. It might seem impossible to achieve lasting weight loss, but you don’t have to make huge changes to see a difference in your health.
In fact, losing just 5% of your body weight could significantly improve your physical health — and you don’t have to do it alone. Medical weight loss at Medical Associates Of North Texas is a personalized program designed just for you.
Our doctors create a sustainable weight loss plan to help you meet your goals and live a healthier life.
The links between body weight and health
Your weight is more than just a number on the scale. It’s a complex combination of factors, from genetics to lifestyle habits, and it has a profound impact on your health.
What’s considered a healthy weight range varies depending on your sex, height, and other factors. Every body is unique, but our team uses the body mass index (BMI) measurement to help us determine if you’re at a healthy weight.
BMI measurements compare your height and your weight. In general, a healthy BMI is between 18.5-24.9. If your BMI is between 25-29.9, you’re considered overweight. If it’s above 30, you’re considered obese.
If you’re overweight or obese, excess weight could be impacting your overall health. People who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk for health problems that include cancer, type 2 diabetes, arthritis.
The benefits of shedding those extra pounds
Many people want to lose weight to boost their self-esteem and make their clothes fit more comfortably. But losing weight has far-reaching benefits that go beyond your looks.
Losing excess weight could offer a number of health benefits, such as:
1. More energy
Carrying extra weight can leave you fatigued. It can also lower your quality of sleep, which keeps you from getting restorative shut-eye each night.
Losing weight can improve your energy level and help you sleep better at night. You might find that your mood is brighter and you’re more energetic throughout the day. Losing weight can also decrease stress, enhance your confidence, and even boost your sex life, too.
2. Better mobility
Extra weight makes your muscles and organs work harder. If you’ve noticed that it’s getting harder to participate in your favorite hobbies or get your daily tasks done around the house, losing weight could increase your mobility.
Shedding extra pounds makes it easier to move through your day. When it’s easier to move, you might find yourself looking forward to some of those activities once again.
3. Less joint pain
Excess weight means extra pressure on your joints — especially your hips, knees, and ankles. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and it develops when joints wear down over time. Age is a leading risk factor for osteoarthritis, but being overweight or obese can cause it too.
Losing weight takes undue strain on your weight-bearing joints. It can prevent or delay the onset of osteoarthritis. For people with arthritis, losing weight can make symptoms more manageable.
4. Lower risk of chronic conditions
Obesity increases your risk of many common health problems, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
Losing weight could lower your risk of developing these conditions, because many of them are preventable with healthy lifestyle changes.
5. Improved preexisting conditions
If you’ve already been diagnosed with health conditions like high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes, losing weight can help you keep those conditions under control.
Achieving a healthy weight can keep blood sugar in check and make it easier to manage diabetes. Some conditions, like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, can even be reversed with healthy lifestyle changes.
The thought of losing weight and keeping it off can be daunting, but our personalized weight loss program at Medical Associates Of North Texas can make it easier.
We offer customized nutrition and exercise recommendations to encourage your body to drop weight without pharmaceutical medications. When you have questions or you need support to stay accountable, we’re here for you.
Find out if medical weight loss is right for you. Schedule a consultation at Medical Associates Of North Texas online or over the phone today.