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3 More Health Benefits of Weight Loss

As a leading weight loss center in northern California, we understand that losing weight can be very difficult—and that’s why we’re here to help! At Avanti Body in Vacaville, we offer numerous services for weight loss, including red light therapy and LED light body sculpting. We’ll even give you visual proof your sessions are working with a 60-second body scan. In our last post, we discussed some of the health benefits of weight loss. In today’s post we’ll look at a few more. Losing even just 5-10 percent of your body weight can have a dramatic impact on your overall health. 

1. Lower Risk for Dementia

Nearly half of Americans have too much visceral fat, the abdominal fat that surrounds your internal organs. Believe it or not, visceral fat contains cells that release inflammatory chemicals in the body, which can cause memory loss. This increases your chances of developing dementia. According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins University, people with a healthy BMI have a lower risk for dementia than people with a BMI in the obese range.

Strokes also increase your chances of developing dementia, because each time the blood supply to the brain is cut off, brain tissue is damaged. As we discussed in our most recent post, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are symptoms of obesity, and both of these conditions can put you at a higher risk for having a stroke. 

2. Better Sleep 

When you are overweight, fat deposits around your upper airway can obstruct your breathing at night, causing a life-threatening condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition results in dangerously low oxygen levels while you’re sleeping. Your brain panics when it isn’t receiving adequate oxygen and startles you awake, potentially hundreds of times a night. 

In a 2009 study, researchers studied obese people with type 2 diabetes. They were placed into two groups—one group was put on a diet and received lifestyle counseling, while the other group only received lifestyle counseling. The participants in the first group lost, on average, over 20 pounds each, resulting in “markedly lower symptoms of OSA.” Participants in the latter group lost an average of less than 6 pounds and did not see as many improvements in their OSA. 

Losing just 10 pounds can reduce the narrowing of your windpipe, helping you to sleep soundly through the night. And when you sleep well, your leptin levels—the hormone that signals when you’ve had enough to eat—rise. So, a good night’s sleep can actually help you lose even more weight! 

3. Less Inflammation 

Studies looking at the effect of excess weight on cells of the human body have found that fat cells—especially abdominal fat cells—produce a large number of substances that cause inflammation in blood vessels. This inflammation, which results in plaque buildup in the arteries, can lead to strokes and heart attacks. When you lose 10% of your body weight, the levels of inflammatory markers circulating in the blood drop significantly, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Decreasing inflammation through weight loss also reduces your risk for chronic health conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

The Avanti Body System

We know that weight loss can be incredibly difficult, but the good news is that shrinking fat and losing inches is possible with Avanti Body in Vacaville, CA. As you can see, not only will you look amazing and feel great about your body, but you will also experience numerous health benefits of weight loss. So what are you waiting for? Getting the body you want is totally possible with Avanti Body System! 

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