Any life coach or personal trainer worth their weight in salt will encourage you to set both long-term and short-term goals. Even though they may seem insignificant, your short-term achievements are important because if you focus only on the long-term, you may overwhelm yourself to the point of complete inactivity.
This is especially true in weight loss.
Setting and reaching shorter-term weight loss goals can help you achieve your long-term goals by providing you with opportunities for success along the way.
And the good news is that the short-term goals have great benefits, too. Believe it or not, no matter how much weight you want to ultimately shed, losing just 10 pounds can greatly impact your health and your life.
7 Benefits of Losing 10 Pounds
Losing just 10 pounds can:
#1 Give you more energy
You’ve heard the saying, “A body at rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion,” right? Well, remember this when you’re losing your first 10 pounds. They will be the hardest, because they’re the ones you lose when you’re putting your body back into motion. And once they’re lost, you get the momentum of your body in motion, as well as ten less pounds that your body has to carry. This translates as more energy!
#2 Make you more comfortable
Depending on your current size, losing 10 pounds may not mean a change in clothing size quite yet, but it will certainly make a difference in how your clothes fit. It can make your jeans feel a bit less snug. And not only that, you might even feel more comfortable in an airplane seat. Paying attention to incremental changes like these can have a huge impact on your overall weight loss goals. They’re small successes that help you remember that the work you’re doing is paying off bit by bit.
#3 Inspire those around you
We’re always our toughest critics. Even when we experience success, such as when losing 10 pounds, we often consider it “not enough.” But just tell someone else that you’ve recently lost 10 pounds, and the chances are they’ll want to know how you did it. Many people have trouble losing even a few pounds, and hearing of your success (no matter how insignificant you think it is) might be all someone else needs to give it another try.
#4 Help you sleep better
Carrying excess weight and belly fat increases your chances of developing sleep apnea – blockages in the airway during sleep. One study at John Hopkins University found that a reduction in belly fat was the best predictor of improved sleep among the 77 participants, most of whom originally reported sleep apnea, daytime fatigue, insomnia, and restless or interrupted sleep. Bonus: A good night’s sleep raises your level of leptin, the hormone that tells you’ve had enough to eat, and can lead to even more weight loss.
#5 Reduce your risk of heart attacks
Losing just 10 pounds can lower your cholesterol by as much as 10%. It can also decrease your blood pressure. Because of this, these same 10 pounds then decrease your risk of heart attacks by up to 50%. And if you’ve lost those 10 by mixing up your cardio with interval training, then your heart has gotten even more benefits from your weight loss.
#6 Reduce joint pain
Excess weight increases the pressure on your joints by as many as three times per pound. The pressure multiplies by five or six times when you’re going up and down stairs or getting in and out of the car. Losing just 10 pounds can take up to 70 pounds of pressure off your knee joints, decreasing pain and lowering your chances of developing osteoarthritis.
#7 Lead to more weight loss
Short-term goals provide us with the opportunities for success that keep us focused on our long-term goals. Losing 10 pounds can give you a sense of accomplishment that drives you to lose the next 10. But don’t forget to celebrate reaching your short-term goals. Acknowledging yourself for your success is an important part of goal setting.
We can help you with your weight loss goals
At Viva Wellness in San Diego, we understand the importance of those first 10 pounds lost. We also understand the importance of the next 10 and the 10 after that. With our support and our customized medical weight loss programs, we’ll not only help you set short-term and long-term goals, but also we’ll help you achieve them – safely – and we’ll help you celebrate them, too.
Give us a call and schedule an appointment today. Let’s get you on your way to looking great, feeling great, and living the healthy lifestyle that helps you keep the weight off for good.