It's Not Too Late To Lose Weight - Here's Why

Happy Woman

Have you ever said to yourself, “It’s too late to lose weight” or “The damage is already done”? Many of us have said these words, yet research tells us they’re not completely true. Yes, adults who are overweight or obese may experience more difficulty losing weight as they get older, but that doesn’t mean weight loss is impossible, nor does it mean that weight loss health benefits are out of the question. Here are just a few weight loss health benefits for adults.

Adult weight loss health benefits

Cardiometabolic health 

Sure, it may be more difficult to reverse a lifetime of unhealthy habits at age 50 than it was at 25, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to shed those pounds and improve your health. In fact, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that overweight adults who lose just 5-10% of their body mass are 22% less likely to suffer from cardiometabolic syndrome symptoms-heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Joint health

Weight loss in your adult years also improves mobility by reducing joint pain. Specialists at Cleveland Clinic indicate that excess weight is one of the primary contributors to osteoarthritis, a condition in which the cushioning (cartilage) in your joints wears away causing joint pain. By losing weight, you relieve your joints of the stress of carrying extra weight and, in many cases, decrease the rate of degeneration. 

Mental health

As the $30 billion U.S. fitness industry will tell you, physical health isn’t just about physical wellbeing-it’s also about mental wellbeing and feeling good in your own skin. Research findings indicate that on average, “obesity is associated with an approximately 25% increase in odds of mood and anxiety disorders.” In women, this number is even higher. 

Yes, these numbers can be attributed to many factors, but there is one underlying factor that weight loss can improve: self esteem. In a society that values thinness and physical fitness, excess weight gain can make us feel like outsiders. Of course the way we feel doesn’t always reflect reality, but it impacts how we see and value ourselves. Maintaining a healthy weight improves self esteem by helping us to fulfill the basic human need of belonging.

Bottom line: Even obese and overweight individuals well into their adult years can improve the quality and longevity of their lives by losing weight.


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