Most of us realize that losing excess weight is important for better overall health, and that we’ll look that much better when carrying fewer pounds. But there are also specific health benefits from losing weight that often get overlooked in the weight loss conversation. Here are just a few of them that may just be the incentive you need to get started.

You’ll sleep better. Research has proven that losing 5% of your body weight can help you sleep better and longer every night. It’s also a fantastic way to alleviate sleep apnea without resorting to medical, mechanical, or adhesive measures. Plus your partner will appreciate how much less you’re apt to snore once you’ve slimmed down.

Your hormones will be much better balanced. Losing excess weight steadies your hormones and that in turn makes it easier to lose more or maintain your ideal weight. It’s the ultimate Catch 22 scenario. It all revolves around your thyroid gland, which regulates your metabolism and muscle strength through the release of hormones.

Given that we’re well into cold and flu season, you’ll be happy to know that losing weight will also help you avoid those viruses. Your immune system strengthens as you lose excess weight, and that in turn frees it up to fend off colds and the various strains of flu floating around at this time of year. . The process of leading a healthier lifestyle that leads to leaner muscle mass – a better diet, regular sleep, and more exercise – also reinforces your immunity.

All of this is well and good, but it can be difficult to lose excess weight without a good support system. Not to worry. The professional staff here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is on your side with weight loss plans that will be customized to your individual needs. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at