Why Losing 10 Pounds Can Save Your Life

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You know you have a few pounds to lose, but you’re having trouble getting motivated, right? Well keep this in mind: losing just 10 pounds can lead to some very surprising benefits,  from better sex to a bigger paycheck.

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Better Health: Extra pounds can lead to diabetes. By dropping 5 to 10 percent of your weight, you’ll lower your risk by nearly 60 percent.

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Better Brain: Fat may make you forgetful. Shed 10 pounds and, chances are, you’ll stay smarter and more focused.

Better Fitness: For every pound of fat you lose, you move up to 4 seconds faster. Plus, your body won’t have to work as hard to stay active. In addition, your risk for injury will diminish, too, since every pound of body weight translates to about 4 pounds of force on your ankles, knees and hips (10 extra pounds means 40 pounds of pressure on your joints).

Better Mood: You can feel more confident and upbeat by shedding pounds. It’s enough of a change to improve your body image, boost your energy level and support your mental health.

Better Fat Cells: By losing weight, you actually make the fat cells smaller. Translation: smaller waist, slimmer thighs and a lower risk of heart disease.

Better Paycheck: Women with excess pounds make nearly $10,000 less per year than their average-weight coworkers – possibly because they they tend to be less assertive.

Better Sex: Two things that increase sex drive are feeling comfortable with your body and confidence. Losing weight can help increase both of these things.