Weight Loss & Heart Health: The Close Connection Explained


Many of our new clients are motivated to lose weight because they’ve recently been told their cholesterol is above normal, or maybe they’ve been put on blood pressure medication for the first time and they want to try to get off of it. Others have a history of heart disease in their family and they want to ensure they don’t go down that path.

No matter what your reasons are for making healthier choices one things for sure, your heart will thank you.

Heart disease has a complex relationship with weight management. Many are aware that being overweight can put them at risk for heart disease, but understanding the nuances of this relationship can help inform sustainable, healthy lifestyle choices.

Here’s a deep dive into the critical connection between heart disease and weight loss.

Holding Extra Weight: A Risk Factor for Heart Disease

Obesity, particularly when weight is concentrated around the abdomen, is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It contributes to the onset of conditions such as dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis, all known precursors of heart disease.

AS well, obesity’s role in cardiovascular risk isn’t limited to adults; it similarly affects children.

The Silver Lining: Weight Loss Benefits

The upside is that weight loss significantly enhances heart health and decrease cardiovascular risks. Clinical studies show that losing 5–10% of body weight can dramatically reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. That’s great news!

Small changes can lead to great health benefits.

Here are some weight loss benefits directly linked to better heart health:

1. Lowering Blood Pressure: High blood pressure, a significant risk factor for heart disease, can be decreased with weight loss.
2. Reducing Cholesterol Levels: Shedding extra pounds can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost HDL (good) cholesterol levels, especially when combined with a healthy diet.
3. Managing Diabetes: Weight loss can enhance insulin sensitivity and better regulate blood sugar levels, diminishing the likelihood of complications linked to diabetes, and avoiding Type 2 Diabetes.
4. Decreasing Inflammation: Chronic inflammation, a common condition in obesity, contributes to heart disease. Weight loss can help minimize inflammation markers in the body.

Adopting A Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Sustained Weight Loss

To achieve weight loss and improved heart health, you need to adopt a holistic, comprehensive approach. Here are some effective strategies to get you started:

1. Balanced Diet: Prioritize a well-rounded diet packed with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit processed foods, sugary drinks, and high-fat foods.
2. Regular Exercise: Incorporate consistent physical activity into your routine, including aerobic exercises and strength training. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
3. Portion Control: Stay mindful of portion sizes to prevent overeating and heed hunger and fullness cues.
4. Behaviour Modification: Cultivate healthy habits and manage emotional eating triggers. Get a weight loss buddy or enlist professional support,  if needed.
5. Lifestyle Changes: Quit smoking, limit alcohol, and manage stress effectively. These factors play a critical role in heart health and overall well-being.

Remember, any weight loss effort should be sustainable and personalized to your unique health needs. Contact us for personalized guidance based on your specific needs and health conditions.

Want to know even more about the subject? Read this clinical study. 

Embrace nutritious food, make informed decisions about your health, and embark on a journey towards a healthier heart today! Don’t worry about perfection, small, sustainable  changes can make a huge difference to the way you look and feel.

Your heart will thank you. .

Dr. Laina Shulman

Dr. Laina Shulman

Dr. Laina Shulman is the co-founder of Pure-Health Wellness, a practicing chiropractor, and the Director of Shulman Weight Loss London. With a belief that wellness is the foundation of a fulfilling life, she empowers her patients with simple strategies to regain and maintain their health.