Dropping a few pounds makes you look and feel better, but getting down to a healthy body weight has dozens of other pluses, including some health benefits that researchers are just discovering. Weight-loss benefits go well beyond simply looking better. Here are a few reasons why you should lose those extra pounds.
Breathing is easier at a healthy body weight: Additional body weight and a higher body fat composition may decrease lung volumes. In addition, extra pounds might place added pressure on your lungs which could restrict breathing.
Less foot pain: Less weight means less pressure on the part of your body that bears most of that pressure-your feet. A recent study of people who lost the extra pounds found that their complaints of foot pain dropped by 83%.
Hormone function: Getting to a healthy weight will help regulate hormone systems. Extra body fat disrupts a whole host of hormonal functions. Because of this, you may not sleep well, have brain fog, be irritable or feel lethargic.
Your digestive system will function better: Being overweight can cause digestive issues like acid reflux, heartburn and GERD. In addition, cirrhosis and delayed stomach emptying can also be causes of having too much weight on your body.
Improved mental state: Many people who are overweight experience social shame and embarrassment about the way they look. This can lead to insecurities that impact self esteem and confidence, which could lead to anxiety and depression. Feeling better about oneself is a compelling incentive to shed the extra pounds and 61% of Americans who want to lose weight state this as a reason why.
Your immune system will work properly again: Your immune system is everything. Losing body fat can mean a healthier, more responsive, more robust immune system. And that means fewer colds, fewer infections, and a healthier daily life.
Your food will taste better: Eating poorly, which leads to weight gain, can actually alter your brain chemistry. Obesity means altered taste perceptions leading to eating greater quantities and eating more of the wrong foods. By losing weight you end up craving less high-sugar, high-fat food.
More Energy: When you lose weight you will likely notice that you have more energy. Nearly half of the Americans who want to lose weight state that they want to do so to boost their energy. When you are carrying around less weight, your body expends less energy to function.
Your clothes will fit better: And last but not least, all the clothes that are sitting at the back of your closet can finally see the light of the day. Fitting back in the old clothes is just the satisfaction a person needs.
While following a healthy diet and exercise plan will certainly help you lose weight, what drives you to lose the weight is what will help you to keep it off. So if you’re looking for reasons to lose weight, there’s a good chance you’re ready to start your weight loss journey. And if you are ready to change your lifestyle and eat better call on 973-235-9393 to book your consultation with us.