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16 Ways Losing 16 Pounds Can Change Your Life

By Elisa - Jenny Craig

Set a goal to shed extra weight and you could find yourself with more money, time, and energy. Here’s how losing 16 pounds can change your life in 16 ways.

It’s well-known that obesity comes with many health issues, including an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer. But according to researchers, losing just 5% of your body weight can make significant improvements in your health.1 In honor of Rapid Results, our science-backed program that can help you lose 16 pounds in your first 4 weeks †  by utilizing your body’s natural circadian rhythm, we are sharing 16 life-changing reasons to lose 16 pounds:

† Avg. weight loss in study was 11.6 lbs for those who completed the program.



1. Get sick less

Losing weight can balance your immune system so that you can ward off viruses and harmful germs.2 Not only will you be spending less time in bed with the sniffles, but you’ll likely impress your boss by calling in sick less than your co-workers.

shutterstock_GetSickLess_550.jpg2. Save money

Being sick costs money. Trips to the doctor, expensive treatments and medications can weigh down your wallet. But with weight loss comes improvements in blood pressure and joint pain,3 which can help eliminate those sneaky costs that can break the bank.

3. Get time back

Improved health means more time for you – time for reading, playing with your kids and shopping with your friends because you’ll be spending less time at the doctor’s office. Take the extra time you would have spent picking up prescriptions or worrying about a health diagnosis and use it to do something you enjoy.

4. Improve your heart health

Your heart will thank you as the number on the scale drops. When you’re at a healthy weight, your risk of heart disease and heart attacks are reduced. You may also see improvements in blood pressure levels.4

5. Decrease your risk of developing diabetes

You may not be able to control your genetics, race, or age, which all play a role in your risk of developing diabetes. However, studies have shown that you can decrease your odds of developing the disease by keeping your weight in a healthy range and dropping extra pounds.5


6. Save your knees

For every pound lost, you’ll alleviate four pounds of pressure from your knees6. So, if you lose 16 pounds, your weight loss will result in a whopping 64 pounds of relief off your knee joints, leading to more runs down the ski slope and dances with your kids in the kitchen. You’ll also help preserve your knee cartilage which helps protect your bones.7

7. Reduce acid reflux

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy says obesity is the leading cause of frequent heartburn, since extra weight causes stomach acid leakage and makes backflow more likely.8 Lose weight and you’ll be able to toss the antacids.

8. Decrease your risk of breast cancer

According to research, post-menopausal women who are overweight have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Properly managing your weight could decrease your risk of breast cancer.9,10

shutterstock_Migraine_550.jpg9. Reduce your risk of migraines

Obesity increases your risk of having migraines as much as 50%, and the risk only grows with excess weight.11 Lower the number on the scale and you may also reduce your risk for debilitating headaches.

10. Get better sleep

Studies have shown that improved sleep is connected to losing body fat, specifically belly fat. 12 Your significant other will also sleep better since weight loss helps diminish snoring.13 

11. Breathe easier

The more you weigh, the harder your lungs work, putting more stress on your heart and other organs. Excess fat can weaken respiratory function, but it’s easily reversed by shedding a few pounds.14

12. Kill cravings

New, healthier habits will transform your lifestyle and eating habits. As you watch the number on the scale decline, your cravings can also diminish. You may even find yourself consuming more food earlier in the day, instead of at night, an effective strategy to help fight body fat.

13. Boost fertility

Weight loss can stimulate sex hormones and increase your chance of getting pregnant. Obese women are three times more likely to not release an egg during their menstrual cycle and produce less reproductive hormones.15 By losing as little as 5% of your body weight, both issues may be resolved.


14. Keep up with your kids (and grandkids!)

With less weight to carry around, the more energy you’ll have for other activities. Being able to visit theme parks, play on the floor, and go camping with the kids are all possible with increased mobility and more stamina due to weight loss.

15. Decrease menopause symptoms

Beat the heat by dropping extra pounds. By losing weight, studies have shown a reduction in menopause symptoms such as hot flashes.16

16. Live a higher quality of life

Participants in the Jenny Craig program saw improvements in their quality of life and dietary quality.17 Weight loss also boosts longevity, allowing you to enjoy more laughs, hugs, and adventures with your loved ones.


Ready to lose up to 16 lbs. in just 4 weeks† and see what changes in your life? Book your free appointment at Jenny Craig today.




†First 4 weeks only. Avg. weight loss in study was 11.6 lbs for those who completed the program.



1 https://www.sciencealert.com/the-first-5-of-weight-loss-offers-the-greatest-health-benefits-in-obese-people-study-finds

2 https://www.livescience.com/9877-losing-weight-helps-immune-system.html  

3 https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/losing-weight/weight-joint-pain.php

4 http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/WeightManagement/Obesity/Obesity-Information_UCM_307908_Article.jsp#.WoNcVWuweUm 

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1762038/  

6 https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/obesity-arthritis/fat-and-arthritis.php 


7 http://blog.arthritis.org/osteoarthritis/study-confirms-losing-weight-may-save-knees/ 


8 https://www.healthline.com/health/gerd/weight-loss#acid-reflux 


9 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/diet-physical-activity/body-weight-and-cancer-risk/effects.html  


10 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/diet-physical-activity/body-weight-and-cancer-risk/effects.html 


11 https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/understanding-migraine/the-skinny-on-obesity-and-migraine/ 


12 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/13/lose-weight-sleep-better_n_2119258.html 


13 https://www.healthline.com/health/snoring-remedies#remedies 


14 https://www.healthcentral.com/article/lose-weight-for-better-lung-health-belly-fat-can-be-worsening-your-symptoms 


15 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20395425  


16 http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/07/12/hot.flashes.losing.weight/index.html 


17 http://www.jennycraig.com/site/the-science/program-effectiveness 


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