Many of us make weight loss goals, but fewer of us are able to keep and maintain those goals. Now there’s even more reason to stick with that diet and exercise regime.
There are many additional benefits to losing weight other than just fitting into those tight jeans. For example, dropping just 5% to 10% of your body weight can help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Here are seven additional benefits to losing weight that will inspire you to stay motivated all year long:
1. Increased energy levels
By now you have probably heard that exercise releases endorphins and energy levels, but did you know that weight loss itself can leave you feeling less tired? “When you’re carrying around fewer pounds, you use less energy to simply go about your day,” says Dr. Adam Tsai, a physician at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and a spokesperson for the Obesity Society.
When you lose weight you’ll also find it easier to breathe, needing less oxygen to make it up those stairs or that hill.
2. Improved memory
In 2013 Swedish researchers found that older women scored better on memory tests after six months of following a weight-loss plan. “The altered brain activity after weight loss suggests that the brain becomes more active while storing new memories and therefore needs fewer brain resources to recollect stored information,” said study author Dr. Andreas Pettersson in a news release.
Previous studies showed a link between obesity and poor memory, especially in women who carry fat in the hip areas, as if we needed another reason to dread gaining weight in our hips.
3. Relationship changes
Losing weight can truly test relationships. No matter how strong your relationship with your partner, friends and family may be, they will most likely change in some capacity when you lose weight. Losing weight can make us feel sexier, more attractive, giving us a heightened sense of self-worth.
A 2013 study from North Carolina State University, found that while losing 60 pounds or more in the course of two years improved couples’ relationships, occasionally a dieter’s partner would experience jealousy or feel threatened.
Your body transformation can make others reevaluate their own lifestyle choices, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. “You feeling great, sexy or confident could shift the balance of the relationship,” says Dr. Gail Saltz, Health.com’s contributing psychology editor.” They fear losing the identity of the more confident one or losing the upper hand.”
4. You decrease your cancer risk
Many studies have linked cancer to unhealthy eating habits and obesity. Obesity is linked to many types of cancers, says Tsai. People who are overweight experience higher levels of inflammation that triggers cell changes within the body.
Lowering your body weight by just 5% can decrease dangerous inflammation levels, according to a 2012 study on postmenopausal women published in the journal Cancer Research. A 2014 study on obesity found that men who underwent bariatric surgery reduced their cancer risk over the following years to roughly that of normal weight people.
5. Working out is more fun
Working out or exercising can be difficult when you’re obese or overweight. You’re carrying around extra fat which can make you feel sluggish and tired. All that extra weight can also put additional pressure on your joints, which makes it painful to exercise.
Losing weight makes it easier and more fun to workout. You’ll also see improved results like faster run times.
6. You’ll spend less on health care
Despite Obamacare and advancements in affordable health care, many Americans still don’t have health insurance. Paying for medical care can become extremely expensive, and eat away at your paycheck.
By losing weight you can keep more of your money. According to a 2009 study published by the journal Health Affairs, obese people spent $1,429 more than their normal-weight peers. That’s a 24% difference.
By losing weight, you can lower the amount you spend on health care, and use that money towards a new wardrobe or vacation to some place sunny where you can flaunt that new body.
At Dayton Dandes Medical Center we can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Our variety of services and therapies are designed to help you achieve the body you were meant to have and improve your health at the same time.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and get on a path to better health.
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MacMillan, Amanda. “9 Things No One Tells You About Losing Weight.” 2015, Feb 18. CNN.com.
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