The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps track of trends in body weight for both children and adults. Statistics reveal that nearly 40 percent of all Americans are obese, which is defined by a person with a body mas index (BMI) of 30 or more. But perhaps what is even more alarming is that figure includes the American children who are obese. In fact, the weight problem our nation suffers has become so bad that several intervention programs have been developed by the CDC.

Dropping 10 pounds might not seem like much, especially if you have much more to lose. But there are studies that show there are huge benefits in losing just ten pounds. This also holds true for those who are just a little overweight and think that losing ten pounds won’t affect them that much. Privis Health, a leading provider of healthcare data analytics, offers these benefits of losing just 10 pounds.

Sleep Apnea

If you tend to snore a lot at night, you might have some form of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when your wind passages get partially block while you are asleep. It can be a dangerous situation.

Sleep apnea is more common in individuals who are overweight. Often, losing just 10 pounds is enough to cure this condition.

Detoxify Your Body

Belly fat builds up around your kidneys and liver and makes it harder for them to detoxify your body. Losing just 10 pounds will reverse this problem. When you lose 120 pounds, you will be amazed as how much better you feel.

Better Sex Life

Overweight men suffer problems during sex because of high blood sugar levels and because their blood pressure is too high. Overweight suffer in bed as well for the same reasons. And both males and females are affected by not being in the mood for sex as much as when they are more fit. Of course, losing weight also gives you a more positive body image, which helps make you feel better about sex as well.

Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, a staggering 1,7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. And over half a million of them will die. What makes natters worse is that it is estimated that about 25 percent of all cancers can be directly attributed to poor diet and obesity. You can reduce the chances you get cancer by losing just 10 pounds.

You Will Help Your Joints Tremendously

The stress that your joints suffer comes down to basic physics. A person who weighs 200 pounds will put 300 pounds of weight force on their knees when they walk on level ground. Do the math and you will discover that losing 10 pounds will take 15 pounds of added weight off of your knee joints. And that is just when walking on a level surface, more force is taken off when walking on an incline.

Lower Blood Pressure

According to several studies, losing just 10 pounds will lower your blood pressure. So if you struggle with high blood pressure, one way to get it under control is by shedding a few of those extra pounds you have.

Decrease Risk of Heart Attack

Carrying around extra weight puts a lot of added stress on your body and mind. But being overweight is particularly hard on your cardiovascular system. Even under the most ideal conditions, your heart is the hardest working muscles in your body. Too bad extra weight makes it work even harder.

You might want to sit down for this: Losing just 10 pounds of extra body weight can decrease the changes of having a heart attack by a whopping 50 percent. You read that correctly, 50 percent.

Lower Cholesterol

Obesity and being a little bit overweight is linked to high levels of LDL, which is the bad type of cholesterol that is not good for your health. As LDL cholesterol circulates through your body, it deposits plaque in your arteries which hardens them and narrow them, which can lead to a stroke or heart attack.

Losing 10 pounds will help increase your levels of HDL cholesterol, which is the good type of cholesterol. HDL cholesterol stops the LDL cholesterol from depositing on your artery walls. Losing just 10 pounds can cut your bad cholesterol by more than 10 percent.

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