15 Nov 35 Surprising Benefits of Weight Loss
Everyone has different reasons for wanting to lose weight.
Some people might want to lower their blood pressure or cholesterol while others might want to simply feel more comfortable in their own skin.
The benefits of weight loss go a lot further than just improved cardiovascular health. In fact, losing weight can have a positive impact on nearly every aspect of a person’s life.
Here are some rather surprising benefits of weight loss that aren’t discussed quite as often:
1. More energy
Carrying extra weight requires the body to use a lot of energy. When someone loses weight, their energy levels will skyrocket. Plus, the body can function much better when it’s supplied with nutritious food.
2. Fewer headaches
People who suffer from headaches or chronic migraines might notice these symptoms slowly vanish once they drop the pounds.
3. Stress may disappear
Foods with a high fat, sugar, and salt content – especially processed carbs – can trigger high levels of cortisol aka. the stress hormone. A weight loss regimen can reverse this.
4. Balanced mood
Exercise tells the brain to release feel-good chemicals like endorphins leading to a more balanced mood and positive attitude.
5. Saving money
Pizza delivery and fast food meals are unhealthy and expensive. Nutritious alternatives can be made at home for a fraction of the cost.
6. Work gets easier
When people feed their body the right vitamins and minerals, this could also improve cognitive function making jobs seem a lot less overwhelming.
7. Better social life
People who lose weight tend to spend a lot less time sitting around the house. Instead, they get out and go to new activities where they can meet more friends.
8. Better immune system
Added weight puts a lot of stress on the immune system. This leads to more colds and other illnesses. Losing weight helps support the immune system and improve overall health.
Unfortunately, society doesn’t treat overweight folks fairly. When someone loses weight, they may notice that people remember them more often.
10. Clearer skin
High sugar foods and simple carbs put the kidneys and liver through a lot of stress. Improving the diet takes a lot of pressure off the body’s filtration system which means clearer skin and healthier hair.
11. Better sleep
After losing weight, people tend to sleep throughout the entire night and experience higher quality of sleep.
12. Food starts to taste better
Salty foods desensitize flavor receptors on the tongue. Food might taste bland at first, but down the road everything tastes much, much better.
13. New-found respect
When people make a decision to lose weight, they usually experience a new-found respect for themselves. This same respect translates into other relationships.
14. Improved organizational skills
Monitoring physical activity and eating behavior helps hone organizational skills.
15. Learning to cook
Adapting a healthy diet requires cooking. As people lose weight, they’ll learn new recipes and try out new techniques in the kitchen.
16. Doctor appointments are easier
Much more praise and a lot less scolding.
17. Mental clarity
Unhealthy amounts of salt and sugar can screw up the brain chemistry leading to fog. This tends to vanish when people lose weight.
18. Improved sex drive
Weight loss boosts testosterone production leading to better libido.
19. Daily tasks get easier
The benefits of weight loss impact every part of life. Sitting, standing, going up the stairs – these are all immensely easier with less weight.
20. Adventurous attitude
Losing weight is a difficult task. After people drop the pounds, they may feel compelled to keep up with this adventurous attitude by trying new things they would have never considered in the past.
21. Better memory
The brain requires adequate vitamins and minerals to function. When people lose weight, they tend to consume better foods with higher antioxidant levels resulting in improved memory capabilities.
22. Reduced need for prescription medications
Better overall health means reduced need for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, or mental health medications.
23. Exploring new goals
Losing weight changes lives. Some people may feel compelled to explore new career paths or make big life decisions.
24. Lower alcohol tolerance
Lower body weight means less alcohol is required to feel tipsy so people tend to drink less (if at all).
25. Job promotion or raise
Unfortunately, society rewards skinny folks more so than others. This could translate into a raise or job promotion.
26. Balanced hormones
At a moderate weight, the thyroid can function more efficiently which promotes balanced hormones.
27. Reduced joint pain
Less weight means less stress and inflammation in the knees, elbows, and hips.
28. Enjoying new activities
The benefits of weight loss aren’t restricted to physical health alone. Losing weight opens up a new world of activities that were previously impossible: amusement parks, carnival rides, swimming, hiking, etc.
29. Turning down junk food
The body will crave healthy food instead of chips, candy, and other junk. After losing weight, people tend to turn down the birthday cake or fries.
30. Less sweating
Hugging people gets less embarrassing because the body sweats a whole lot less when it’s carrying less weight.
31. Less doctor appointments
Improved cardiovascular health means less doctor appointments.
32. More clothing options
No more searching for shapeless clothing in the largest size.
33. People might be nicer to you
It isn’t right, but people tend to be ruder to overweight folks. Dropping a few pounds could mean people suddenly become nicer.
34. Reduced hunger
When people feed their bodies healthy food full of nutrients, they’re less likely to feel hungry throughout the day. Less weight also means the body requires less calories to function property.
35. A positive impact on the world
When people see that someone is taking charge of their health, they may feel compelled to make positive changes in their own life.