Wondering about the benefits of weight loss and second-guessing your efforts? Not so fast!
Think about things for a minute. Would people advocate going to the local gym more, or eating less if there were not obvious benefits? In fact, most people will congratulate you or be inspired to embrace a healthier life for themselves.
But, what are they praising and what are the real benefits of striving to achieve a healthy weight loss?
Here we look at the advantages of reducing weight by diet and exercise to achieve a far healthier life. Some of you will nod your head knowingly in recognition, and some will come straight out of left field and shock you.
Better sleep quality.
If you shed weight you may expect to enjoy a better night’s sleep and given that so many of us complain of always being tired, then this is a great first reason to make that decision. Weight loss reduces acid reflux that keeps many awake at night. And, your new exercise routine will naturally release stress and foster better sleep.
Improved sex life.
Losing weight can improve, as will your sex drive and in addition your sexual performance, now that is got to be a good thing for everybody right? As you begin to reshape your body, you could find that you are no longer hiding from your partner avoiding sex.
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, the “feel good” hormone. The rush you get from the release of these hormones keeps you in bright spirits and able to cope with stress. Therefore, you feel more equipped to handle all life throws your way.
Joints feel better.
Excess fat puts an added workload on the body and the joints. So a little weight reduction will ease any pain that you might feel in the knees or legs and may help reduce the potential risk of arthritis in old age, as your joints will of course be working less hard in the first place.
Resist heart disease.
Heart disease is scary. This frightening ailment results from high blood pressure, clogged arteries, and a sedentary lifestyle. In women especially, heart attacks or strokes occur with little to no warning signs. Keeping your weight in check aids your heart muscle in effectively working to pump blood throughout your body.
Many people begin to lose self-respect and confidence once they have gained weight. As a result, friendships and familial relationships can suffer. If you’ve pushed away your friends or your personality has changed from your extra pounds, you will find renewed self-respect once you’ve lost weight. After all, the weight loss comes from the hard work that you put in!
Better appearance of the skin.
As you are losing weight, you are making healthier food and beverage choices. Your skin thanks you for this! As the largest organ of the human body, the skin has nutritional demands that simply are not met by fatty, fried, or unhealthy foods.
Once you have nourished your skin, you will be rewarded with a bright, even complexion that gives you a look of wellness.
Save money on groceries.
This sounds funny to some, but it is true that many people save money on their weekly run to the market when they begin shedding the pounds. Not only do you purchase less food, but you also purchase fresh foods. Packaged and processed “convenience” foods come at a steeper price tag.
The Bottom Line
You started your weight loss journey for your own wellness. However, you will also serve as an inspiration to others. Your renewed wellness, self-esteem and overall improved appearance will have others asking precisely how you’ve done it!
For me, that change was WW, the new and improved Weight Watchers program. Join me by following my WW journey or bright, even complexion for yourself (I will earn a free month, too, yay!)