Central West End Trainer says "Why Lose"
Besides the obvious, here are nine benefits of weight loss.
You’re on the journey to lose weight. Whether this is your first attempt or your tenth, you can do it! Making wise choices and the right changes can lead to a new lifestyle that will reveal a new you. The thin clothes you’ve been saving in your closet for that day will be a great reward. But the benefits of weight loss go far beyond feeling confident in your swimsuit and skinny jeans.
Losing just 7 to 10 percent of your body weight is all it takes to experience huge perks of weight loss. So get on it!
Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels. -Elizabeth Berg
1. Improve Health
Let’s just start with your health. While being overweight is clearly connected toan increased risk of life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, losing a few pounds can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, lower triglycerides, reverse or even prevent diabetes, and prevent cancer.
2. Increase Energy
Carrying extra weight around day in and day out can zap your energy. Climbing stairs or walking to the mailbox can leave you short of breath. Household chores, caring for children, making meals, or doing your job become more and more difficult the more weight you carry around. Want your energy back? Lose a few pounds through diet and exercise and get the pep back in your step.
3. Get Better Sleep
Wake up feeling tired? Wish you could nap during the day? You may have sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that occurs when the airway becomes obstructed, disturbing your sleep. This condition is common in overweight people. Lose weight, reduce your apnea symptoms, and get a good night of rest.
4. Reduce Pain
Chronic pain is a frequent complaint of overweight people. Low back pain, aching joints, and foot pain are a few of the main culprits. It makes sense. Extra weight places a strain on the back, which can cause pinched nerves, herniated discs, and sciatica. Added pounds take a toll on your joints. The knees are especially hard hit, and the feet bear it all. It’s time to lose the weight and get off the pain meds.
5. Enhance Memory
Notice you’ve been forgetting things lately? Can’t remember a person’s name or where you put your car keys? People of normal weight score higher on tests of memory, learning, and attention than obese people. Obesity also places one at an increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in old age.
6. Boost Mood
There’s a close connection between weight gain and depression. It can become a vicious cycle. You’re depressed so you eat more and sit around. Then you gain weight, so you get depressed. Unfortunately, a side effect of antidepressants is weight gain. The good news is that exercise and a healthy diet can boost your mood and treat symptoms of depression.
7. Clear Skin
Being overweight may lead to skin problems due to hormonal imbalances, stretched skin, pressure on the veins, allergies, swelling, and retained moisture in body creases. Weight loss and a healthy diet can greatly improve the appearance of your skin and complexion.
8. Improve Fertility
Obesity increases one’s chance of fertility trouble. For women, obesity can lead to ovulation irregularities and problems conceiving. Obese men are at an increased risk for lower testosterone levels, reduced sperm counts, and erectile dysfunction. Lose extra weight to improve your overall reproductive health.
9. Feel Confident
Weight loss is a freeing thing. You have energy, you can move around without pain, you’re in a better mood, and your risk of disease is diminished, not to mention you can fit in your skinny jeans. These benefits are self-perpetuating when it comes to weight loss. Lose a few pounds, feel better about yourself, and you’ll have the motivation to lose more!