5 Benefits of Losing Weight

Losing weight can be challenging. However, its rewards are many. Learn five ways you can benefit from maintaining a normal weight. In case you’d like some assistance, Dr. Mark Tanner and our caring staff at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC helps you take steps to reach your goals.

How we measure BMI

Dr. Tanner gauges your body mass index (BMI) to better understand the extent of your excess weight. We calculate your BMI by comparing your height to weight to categorize your degree of body fat as follows for adults: 

We work together to help you move from overweight or obese into the normal zone.

5 benefits of weight loss

There are many reasons to lose weight, some obvious and others surprising. 

  1. Improve your overall health. If you are obese or overweight, healthy, sustained weight loss affects your general well-being. Even losing as little as 5% of your weight can lower your risk for:

Studies show a decrease in breast cancer risk in older women who lost at least 5% of their body weight (LINK:). This is possibly because of the fact that weight loss lowers certain hormones linked to cancer, such as insulin and estrogen. Another study links obesity and overweight with a 52% (men) and 62% (women) higher mortality rate in participants with a range of cancers compared to those with a normal BMI.

  1. Breathe easier. Because many overweight people hold excess fat at their midsection, their lungs may suffer. Those with asthma or other chronic lung issues benefit even more from losing weight. 
  1. Reduce arthritis pain. Weight loss improves inflammation and osteoarthritis of the knees. We help you walk away from your medication towards greater mobility by losing unwanted pounds. 
  1. Lessen migraines. According to the American Migraine Foundation, obesity increases your chances of suffering from migraines by as much as 50%. One study revealed obese participants who lost weight suffered fewer migraines.
  1. Improve your mood. It’s rather ironic that many of us overeat when we’re depressed. Major weight loss through better nutrition and exercise has actually been reported to lower feelings of depression. Whether it’s due to added endorphins from increased exercise, or other issues, such as enhanced self-esteem or chemical changes within our bodies, weight loss generally appears to improve mood. 

Dr. Tanner counsels you about healthy eating, exercise and/or eliminating unwanted fat with SculpSure® body sculpting to improve your mental and physical well-being.

Additional surprising weight loss benefits

Weight loss also produces some surprising benefits including:

 It even improves sleep, especially when you suffer from sleep apnea. Excess fat may increase the tissue in the back of your throat. This partially blocks your airways, resulting in sleep apnea.  

Why weight?

Dr. Tanner and our compassionate staff put you on a healthier path. If you’d like to work with our team to achieve your weight loss goals, simply call our office at 404-355-2000 or book an appointment online at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC in Atlanta, Georgia today.

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