Losing as little as 5kg can earn you some pretty amazing health-related rewards!

Losing just five kilos can have an effect on your total wellbeing, including sleep, mood, hormonal circulation, insulin uptake, and blood pressure.

Weight loss is a journey that’s different for every individual. People lose weight at different rates, but there are a number of basic physiological changes that many experience along the way.

It is not all just about the way you look!
Losing weight is generally seen as something people do purely for the sake of their appearance.
Very few dieters are in it to gain health benefits. Usually, they are a welcome side-effect rather than the main goal.

But knowing the added benefits of losing just a few extra kilos could help you stick to your goals, and be a motivating factor when you are tempted to quit. The health benefits you get along the way are just as important to celebrate as the eventual goal.

Lower blood pressure:
Increased body weight means increased blood pressure against the walls of your arteries. Getting rid of some of the excess weight can reduce your blood pressure and make you feel better. As an added benefit you are able to exercise more without feeling faint or putting your health at risk. You’ll feel far more energetic, and ready to take on the world.

Improve hormone function:
Losing a few kilograms can help ease the impact added weight can have on your hormones. Fat tissue does a lot more than just give us extra padding and store energy. It also acts as a hormone producing organ, and sometimes the hormones it produces can interfere with normal body functions. Fat tissue also causes pressure on other hormone producing organs such as the testes and ovaries, which affects fertility, or pressure on the thyroid glands, altering their function.

Sleep better:
People who lose some weight (5% of total body weight) have been shown to sleep markedly better than those who don’t. You’ll get more sleep, and it’ll be of a better quality too.
This is even more positive considering that people who sleep better have been shown to lose weight faster, and keep it off for longer. Sleep is good for you!

Reduction in waist circumference:
It may seem obvious, but your risk of developing ‘metabolic syndrome’ is decreased when central obesity decreases.

Give your joints a break:
Being heavy is hard on your joints, because they are moving and working under excess loading. Joints that have worn down may cause chronic pain, and even require expensive and painful surgery later in life.
Losing a bit of weight makes the pressure on your joints much easier to handle, effectively extending their useful lifespan and saving you from years of pain.

Keep diabetes at bay:
If you’re predisposed to type 2 diabetes, losing some weight (along with exercise) is the best way to keep yourself from developing the disease.
If you already have diabetes, then losing some weight and eating a healthy, balanced diet could help your body learn to regulate its own insulin levels again. This can lead to less medication (this should only be done on the advice of a medical professional).

Pressure caused by excess tissue on vital organs is decreased:
Adipose tissue is a fatty, connective tissue that fills up space around organs. Having less adipose will benefit your vital organs including the kidneys, heart, liver and reproductive organs; ovaries and prostate glands. These organs can function better without the pressure of having excess fat around them.

You’ll feel happier!
People who are depressed and overweight note an increase in happiness, and suffer less from their depression once they have lost some weight. This increase in happiness is attributed to the individuals feeling better about their appearance, and feeling proud of their achievements as well as a change in the ‘happiness’ chemicals in their bodies. It’s a scientific fact that a healthier lifestyle which includes exercise increases the happy hormone serotonin. Additionally, exercise and healthy foods decrease stress and anxiety levels, and improve mood. According to studies, the improved happiness remains as long as the weight stays off.