How weight loss improves your health and your life!
So we have been told often how much weightloss improves your life. By now we all know that weightloss is a key factor in the control and prevention of coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, cardiorespiratory failure and other chronic degenerative diseases. We have heard that even a modest weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.
In addition to the major known benefits such as diminished risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers we also know weightloss leads to:
- Improved mobility and reduced pain
- Better sex and less erectile dysfunction
- Better sleep
- Higher self-esteem
- Less stress on your joints
- Increased vigor and vitality
- Improved mood
- Less tissue inflammation
But there are benefits of weight loss that don’t often get mentioned. These benefits have less to do with health benefits and more to do with how things may change for you out there in the real world, in your daily life.
- Avoid viruses: You may be less likely to catch a deadly virus. When the H1N1 virus was spreading across Spain in 2009, doctors there noticed that overweight and obese patients were far more affected. Obesity is also a major factor in more averse outcomes with the current Covid pandemic.
- Better tastebuds: Food might start to taste better. According to a study, obese people have less sensitive taste buds than people who are at a normal weight.
- Stay thin: It’s easier to stay thin. When you shed excess fat, your body has an easier time regulating hormonal imbalances. That means you’re likely to find it easier to maintain your healthy weight.
- A healthy glow: All those healthy foods and additional nutrients in your new eating plan can have a dramatic effect on your skin and complexion.
- More to spend: Less money spent on snacks and treats means more money for other things.
- Friends: As part of a new healthier you, you are likely to be more active and more social, also more confident, and meet more people.
- An inspiration: After noticeable weightloss, you might inspire others to find their own path on the way to better health and quality of life.
- A raise: A study found that obese people, especially women, make about 2.5 percent less than their normal-weight co-workers.
- Improved memory: According to a study at Kent State University, obesity is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
- Less medication: If you’re healthier, your overall wellbeing will improve. Therefore, you might be able to ditch medications used to treat health conditions commonly associated with obesity, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and depression.
- Cheaper buzz! If you like the occasional alcoholic drink, you’ll probably notice it takes fewer drinks to catch a buzz than it did when you were heavier.
- Friendlier people: Studies have shown that you do get treated better by others after losing weight. People who once snubbed you may greet you with a smile, and people may also do little things like go out of their way to lend you a hand or hold doors for you.
- Reduced allergies: Obesity can make allergies worse because the added weight puts a strain on your respiratory system. Therefore, losing the weight means less strain during allergy season and easier breathing overall.
There are of course so many more benefits, from being able to breathe easier, paint your toenails, get in and out of a bath easier, have your clothes fit… But we could never list them all.
Why don’t you start your own list? Think of how you would want your life improved and tick those goals off as you lose the weight!