It’s so easy to quit when you only see seemingly insignificant changes when trying to lose weight. However, we should also celebrate our non-scale victories.
Did you know that even if you lose even just 5% of your total body weight, it significantly brings you closer to a healthier state, regardless if you are still overweight?
Here are a few non-scale victories that you do not necessarily notice right away but take place when you lose weight.
1 Lowers Risks
Losing 5% of your total body weight significantly lowers your risk to type 2 diabetes and other complications as it improves your sensitivity to insulin, reduces visceral (the bad kind of) fat, liver fat, and overall body fat.
2. Improves Your Mood
Studies show that in a time period of 6 months, adults who lose 5% of their body weight also see significant improvement in their sleep. This results in lesser irritability and increased clarity of mind. Adequate sleep also improves your body’s appetite regulation, and this also helps in weight loss.
3. Wards off Unnecessary Inflammation
Pro inflammatory proteins are usually stored in fats, and although acute, short-term inflammation is good for the body when injured, low-grade, chronic inflammation has lots of negative effects, such us putting you at risk of heart disease, stroke, and metabolic syndrome. One study shows that losing weight in a span of 12 weeks already shows improvement in immune function and lower inflammation.
4. Healthy Joints
Lesser pressure on the joints is always a good thing. Excess weight causes more wear and tear to the joints and this can later on lead to painful conditions like osteoarthritis.
So the next time you want to throw in the towel just because you still don’t fit in that little black dress or do not see the scale move as much as you want, remember, your body is already thanking you for the little small steps.
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