What Losing 10 Percent Can DoReaching that first goal on your weight loss journey can be a daunting task. But when you do, if feels great and it makes losing the rest so much easier. It is all about 10%!
So many goals in life are more attainable and better managed by breaking them down into smaller pieces. "Weight loss is no different."
Wanting and desiring for our college-days weight all at once or some image we have of the past can be daunting. It's much easier to reach for an incremental goal that promises excellent health benefits: So by breaking It down to just 10% seems a much more manageable goal to attain.
But fitting into that swim suit or sexy dress isn't all you'll get out of accomplishing your goal. Here's what else you'll gain by losing 10 percent:
A Healthier HeartBy losing just 10 percent of your body weight, you can lower your cholesterol and reduce your blood pressure, says G. Ken Goodrick, Ph.D., psychologist and associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. High cholesterol and elevated blood pressure are two major risk factors for heart disease.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “losing just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight over 6 months will lower your risk for heart disease and other conditions.” Just losing a small of weight can result in lower levels of cholesterol and fatty triglycerides and decreased blood pressure. As a result, you are at a much lower risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, stroke and abnormal heart rhythms.
Lowers Cancer Risk
Certain types of cancer, especially those of the gallbladder, prostate, kidneys, breast and colon, are strongly correlated with being overweight or obese. In fact, Weight Loss For All reports that “women who gain more than 20 pounds between age 18 and mid life double their risk of postmenopausal breast cancer compared to women who do not gain weight.” Losing just 10 percent of your current weight can significantly decrease your risk of these types of cancer.
If you're overweight, you're at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, which means your body can't make enough, or properly use, insulin, a hormone that helps convert food to usable energy. By losing just 10 percent of your body weight, you'll improve your body's ability to use the insulin it makes, and possibly preventing the onset of the disease. If you already have type 2 diabetes, shedding that 10 percent may improve your symptoms and possibly prevent further complications.
Losing 10 percent can give you the self-confidence and motivation you need to keep going. Remember success builds upon success. But be sure you recognize that losing 10 percent is a milestone in the journey, and you need to celebrate it. So once you get there, take the time to congratulate yourself on your efforts. Share it on Social media and with family and friends.
A Mental Edge
After losing 10 percent, you gain a sense of confidence and now know what it takes to reach your final weight loss goal. You will feel confident and embolden to say I can do it, I've done it and I am willing to put in the effort to lose even more weight! You may only have dropped 10 percent, and that's ok! So pat yourself on the back and know that by losing the weight you have now added years to your life!