What Happens to Your Health After Losing Your First Few Pounds?

Whether you’ve just started your weight loss journey or you’ve been trying to shed extra weight for years, you’re not alone in the struggle to get healthy. Of the millions of Americans who are overweight or obese, 49% are trying to lose weight. 

A huge part of achieving weight loss is staying motivated throughout the journey. 

That’s why Dr. Laura Bilbruck and our team at Results Medical Aesthetics & Wellness work alongside you, medically supervising your weight loss and giving you the inspiration you need to keep going, from the first pound to the last. 

Here’s everything that happens to your health when you lose your first few pounds. 

Hormone regulation

Your body relies on chemicals called hormones to perform various functions, like fueling your metabolism, stabilizing your sleeping patterns, and regulating your mood. If you’re overweight, you can experience a hormone imbalance that grinds your body’s functions to a halt. 

Lose some of that weight and your hormones start to work properly again. You’ll feel the benefits of regular moods and efficient metabolism.

Better sleep

Sleep has a significant impact on your health and your weight. You need restful sleep for healthy weight loss but being overweight can cause sleep disorders, causing you to get stuck in a cycle of disrupted sleep and unhealthy weight. 

Once you lose those first few pounds, your sleeping and waking cycles improve, giving you the restorative sleep necessary to maintain your weight loss.

Steady blood pressure

Being overweight poses many threats to your health, especially your heart health. As your weight increases, so does the volume of blood your body must circulate. 

This puts extreme stress on the walls of your vascular structures and can lead to dangerously high blood pressure and heart problems. 

As the weight comes off, your body circulates blood much more efficiently, reducing your risk for heart issues in the future. 

More muscle tone

Adding exercise to your weight loss plan is one of the best ways to lose weight quickly. The more you work out, the more weight you lose and the more muscle you gain. 

Over time, you’ll notice increased muscle definition and enjoy even better workouts as you get stronger and more fit. 

Healthier joints

For every 10 pounds of body weight you have, your knees and lower body joints carry 40 pounds of pressure, which wears them out quickly. 

Losing your first 10 pounds significantly reduces the amount of stress on your joints and can prevent you from developing degenerative conditions and diseases like arthritis. 

Reduced inflammation

Fat cells trigger inflammation through a chemical reaction, irritating tissue all over your body. As you lose those fat cells and reach a healthier weight, the cycle of inflammation slows, relieving the irritation on your tissue and preventing health problems.

Disease prevention

Living at an unhealthy weight increases your risk of developing a wide range of potentially serious health problems. Losing weight can, for example, lower your risk of cancer and stop diabetes from developing or getting worse. 

Your body also starts to regulate fat storage and transportation, as well as your levels of good and bad cholesterol. With your body firing on all cylinders at the cellular level, your risks of heart disease and stroke go down. 

Boosted sexual desire

Whether from psychological or chemical reasons, being overweight can make it hard to get in the mood or enjoy sex. As the weight comes off, it’ll give you a confidence boost that can make it much easier to get in the mood and sustain sexual desire.

Lifted mood

A more positive outlook on your body image and health, coupled with improved sleep and relief from chronic symptoms, after you lose a few pounds can lift your mood and give you a happier point of view. 

If you want to experience these and other health benefits for yourself, request an appointment at our Tulsa, Oklahoma, office online or over the phone today to get started with your weight loss journey.

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