You may be amazed to learn that there are instant health benefits to losing your first 10 pounds. However, this is even more surprising because most people don’t lose weight to get healthier. Most people who try to lose weight do so because they want to look better in a dress or to fit into their old clothes again. But we’re here today to tell you that there are other important reasons why you need to lose those extra pounds as soon as possible!
1. Lower your blood pressure.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a risk factor for many diseases. While there’s no magic when it comes to normal blood pressure—it can vary based on factors like age and gender—the American Heart Association recommends getting a yearly checkup with your doctor to determine whether or not you have high blood pressure.
If you find yourself with this condition and want to lose weight to lower it (and other chronic health issues), then by all means: get going!
According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension (JCH), losing just 10 pounds can lower systolic blood pressure by an average of 6.3 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 4.6 mm Hg in overweight or obese patients who follow a healthy diet while practicing moderate physical activity over time. That’s significant! But remember that exercise alone will only help if you change what goes into your body; the same study found that losing weight helped reduce joint pain due to cartilage stress caused by excess weight. A second study published in JCH showed similar results: people who lost just 10 pounds saw their overall risk for developing type 2 diabetes decrease significantly compared with those who didn’t lose any weight at all over two years—and even more so if they were already overweight before beginning their dieting efforts.
So what does this mean for you? If you’re overweight and have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, try losing 10 pounds first. Then see how much your blood pressure drops afterward. You may find it’s not as high as before—but if it’s still too high, start exercising!
2. Experience less joint pain
Excess body fat is associated with inflammation, which can negatively affect your joints. It is not something you think about, but your extra weight can add to some serious joint problems. “Inflammation is a key cause of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, M.D., founder of the RealAge Medical Advisory Board and Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute (and co-author of The RealAge Diet).
That means losing just 10 pounds may help improve your joint pain (and all its unpleasant side effects like stiffness) by reducing inflammation in your body—a pretty big deal when it comes to feeling better every day!
So what does this mean for us? By losing that first 10 pounds from our bodies, we can reduce stress on our joints and lower their risk for injury or damage due to overuse or general wear-and-tear as we age.
3. Reduce your risk of developing serious health complications
The first 10 pounds you lose will reduce your risk of serious health complications.
You might be surprised to learn that losing just 10 pounds can reduce your risk of developing serious health complications like heart disease and diabetes. But remember: weight loss is only a part of a healthy lifestyle. You also need to exercise regularly and watch what you eat! Don’t forget that crash dieting is dangerous—and useless in the long run—so avoid it at all costs! Focus on improving your overall health instead of obsessing over numbers on the scale or how much weight you lost last week versus this week.
The release of endorphins—chemicals that make us feel happy and relaxed—is triggered by exercise. So even though you may dread the task itself, once it’s over, you’ll be shocked at how good you feel if you’re experiencing joint pain, it’s important to be proactive about your overall health. If you suspect that weight gain is the cause of your pain, consider making lifestyle changes to manage or eliminate it.
These three benefits are just the beginning if you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle. The most important thing is to start today! The benefits of losing that first 10 pounds are immediate and can positively affect your health for years to come.