35 Surprising Benefits of Weight Loss

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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.

9. Recognition

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.

Houston Surgical Specialists can help

If you’re thinking about losing weight, contact Doctor Marvin to discuss your options and the benefits of weight loss. Schedule an appointment or call us toll free at (877) 671-2517 today.

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