Do this one thing and you'll shrink fat cells, have sexier sex, and earn
more money. We're in!
Save Brain Power
Women scored one point lower on a memory test for every unit higher
in body-mass index. Translation: Fat may make you forgetful. Shed that
last 10 pounds and chances are you'll stay brilliant.
More: Exercise to Boost Your Brain Power
Flab's a drag. Literally. For every pound of fat you lose, you run up
to 4 seconds faster per mile; with 10 gone, that's up to 40 seconds off
your mile time, says Paul Vanderburgh, Ed.D., an exercise physiologist
at the University of Dayton. "Your body won't have to work as hard to go
Improve Your Mood
You can feel more confident and upbeat by peeling off that tenner.
It's enough of a change to raise your body image and energy level; it
may even help lift depression.
More: How Exercise Can Make You Happy
Be Ready For Baby, Whenever
"Just a small amount of excess weight may alter pregnancy hormones
such as progesterone—which can affect egg quality and prevent
ovulation," says Meike Uhler, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at
Fertility Centers of Illinois in Naperville. If you can't ovulate, you
can't get pregnant.
Shrink Your Fat Cells
Yep, you'll actually make the cells smaller. That means a tinier
waist and other big payoffs such as a healthier heart—ab flab
raises your risk for heart disease.
More: 6 Ways to Exercise for a Healthy Heart
Earn More Dough
Women with excess pounds make nearly $10,000 less per year than their
average-weight coworkers. Possibly they are less assertive. (It takes
cojones to ask for a raise!) Slim down and you may up your take-charge
attitude and your take-home pay.
Sex Up Your Sex Life
"The biggest benefits in the bedroom come from weight loss and regular
exercise. Both put women in touch with their bodies in a positive way,
which increases sex drive," says Ronette Kolotkin, Ph.D., a consulting
professor at Duke University School of Medicine. "Plus, there's no
lingerie sexier than confidence-and a small loss can take you there."
You know that extra pounds can lead to prediabetes (and diabetes!).
But shedding 5 to 10 percent of your weight can slash that risk by
nearly 60 percent. If you're 150 pounds, a 7.5-pound loss may keep you<
More: Exercising With Diabetes
Stay Off the Sidelines
Downsize yourself and your risk of injury diminishes, too. Every
pound of body weight translates to about 4 pounds of force on your
ankles, knees and hips when you're walking, so 10 extra pounds on your
frame means 40 more pounds of pressure on your joints. Trim down
slightly and your joints will suffer less wear and tear.
"After dropping 10 pounds, I bought my first pair of skinny jeans," says Shelley Senai, 27. "Before, I didn't feel comfortable in anything fitted. Now I love the look."
More: 3 Steps to Zap Stubborn Belly Fat
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