You may have heard that you will feel weak or sick because of weight loss. Some family members get concerned when they see you are getting thinner. Weight loss is a bit odd that way. It can happen unintentionally when you are sick. But, when you have obesity and do it intentionally through diet, it actually improves health.
Weight loss helps many health problems. If you currently have weight-related health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, you can expect them to improve. If you are taking medications for these conditions, monitor your symptoms carefully and update your doctor if they change. Your medication dose may need to change as your weight comes down. Some people have even gotten off medications altogether because of weight loss.
Weight loss also helps with quality of life and well being. As you become lighter, you will be more energetic and able to complete physical tasks with greater ease. You will have less joint pain. Doing housework, caring for children, and shopping or weekend outings will seem easier with less weight.
Even if you don’t currently have any health issues related to your weight, losing weight can prevent health problems from happening later on. Obesity makes you more likely to develop cancer, diabetes, heart disease, gallbladder disease, gout, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis just to name a few. So, you are making the right decision to reduce your weight today even if you feel healthy right now.