If you’re currently overweight or obese, losing 5% or more of your body weight comes with a variety of benefits. Healthy weight loss programs emphasize lifestyle changes that help you burn fat more easily, which in turn benefits your body, mind and bank account.

Even losing just 10 to 20 pounds benefits your physical and mental health. You’ll live longer by maintaining a healthy weight, which reduces the risk of depression, anxiety and certain diseases. Dieters reap even more benefits when their weight loss program emphasizes healthy habits like quality sleep and drinking more water.

Weight loss is linked to healthier skin and hair. Plus, you’ll sweat less.Additional physical benefits of losing weight include:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • Reduced symptoms of osteoarthritis and sleep apnea
  • Improved mobility and fertility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Less acid reflux
  • Less back and joint pain
  • Less severe allergies

Being overweight can cloud the way you see yourself and the world. The benefits of weight loss and exercise include better self-esteem, more confidence and a better sex life. Losing weight can also benefit your taste buds — many successful dieters report foods taste better than they did before. Additional mental health and emotional benefits of losing weight include:

  • Increased vitality
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced depressive symptoms
  • Improved body image and hormonal balance
  • Better memory

You’ll save money on future health care bills thanks to improved blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Most successful dieters also cook at home more often, which reduces the amount of money they spend eating out.

  • Lower medical bills
  • Lower transportation costs
  • Fewer prescription medications
  • Less eating out

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