What Happens When You Lose Weight
Studies connect obesity to troubles with memory, thinking skills, and overall brain function. A study in 20 overweight women suggests it works the other way too. Though it was a small study, it showed that after losing weight, the women did better on memory tests. Certain parts of their brain also became more active after the weight loss.
Reduce Your Health Risks
Obesity increases your risk for many health problems. Losing the extra weight can help
eliminate those health problems or lower your odds for them. Weight loss can reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol. It can also slash risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and osteoarthritis.
Cut Your Cancer Risk
People who have more body fat are more likely to get many types of cancer. Weight loss can lower your risk for breast, endometrial, colon, prostate, and other cancers.
Even if you do get cancer, you’ll have better odds if you fight the disease at a healthier weight.
Your Body Clock Shifts
Fixed meal times can help regulate the internal clock that keeps your body running on a 24- hour day. If you've changed when you eat to help you lose weight, you may also see changes in when you sleep and wake. If you want to keep losing, studies show that when you eat matters. For example, overweight and obese women may lose more weight when they eat a bigger breakfast and less at dinner even when the total calories for the day are the same.
Your Metabolism Slows
If you lost a lot of weight, it’s because you’re eating less. When you make a major change in the amount of food you take in each day, your body begins to process it more slowly. This can make it harder to keep losing weight after you've already lost some. You can give your metabolism help with more exercise, including strength training to build muscle mass.
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