How Your Organs Are Affected by An Extra 15lbs

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on September 21 2018

Losing just 15 pounds has proven to do wonders for all aspects of your health. Not only does it give you extra energy to get you moving, it also gives you more self-confidence, which in turn boosts your mental health. While these perks are enough of a reason to lose weight alone, there are some major bonuses for the inside of your body when you focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Sure, it’s great to show off our slim bods after we’ve shed a few pounds, never forget about how much better your organs will be working once you trim down. Here are some facts about what happens to your organs after weight loss, and we can assure you that it’s all good stuff. Let’s start out with your most fierce organ, the heart.

 

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  • Blood vessels. Your heart reaps the benefits when you lose weight, and in a big way. Not only does the heart’s workload lessen, but the blood vessels that give the heart the blood it needs to keep pumping, are more likely to be free of excess fat that slows down the transportation process. When you reduce the amount of weight you carry, you reduce your risk for heart attacks caused by plaque buildup that can clog your coronary arteries and lead to a heart attack.

  • Blood fats. When you shed pounds, the fats in your blood change and the triglycerides and your LDL cholesterol will go down, while your HDL cholesterol goes up. Basically, this means that weight loss leads to more of the good cholesterol and less of the bad, making you less likely to have atherosclerosis, a form of heart disease.

  • Stomach. When you have fat located at the central part of your body, then you most likely have fat around your heart. So, if you are thin everywhere else, except the belly area, then this could be a sign of hidden heart fat, which could lead to cardiac disease. Belly fat, also known as the ‘spare tire,’ can sneak up on you and according to research it has a direct correlation to heart health in both men and women. If you find that you’ve been accumulating fat solely around your midsection than it might be time to measure your waist. If a waist-to-hip ratio greater than 0.85 is measured in women and 0.9 in men, then you may be a victim of abdominal obesity, according to the World Health Organization.


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