Weight loss concept has spread like fire in today’s society. If you are planning for weight loss or currently working to lose it, then this article is for you.
In this post, I will explain, why it is important to lose weight, and it will change the way you look at weight loss.
This post is long, but I’ll explain:
- Negative impact of unhealthy weight gain;
- Solid reasons to lose weight;
- Importance of weight loss;
- How weight loss and perfect health connected.
While losing weight it doesn’t matter the rate of your weight loss.
Things that matter while weight loss:
- Improved energy level
- Better health
- Longer and fulfilled life
Many other things also matter when you are trying to lose weight. Is your weight loss program is healthy and will be successful if you are able to get complete benefits from it. Benefits like physical, mental and financial are signs of healthy weight loss.
Sign of successful weight loss:
- Focus on building healthy habits;
- Helps to meet body’s nutrient needs;
- Can be followed for lifetime without any extra effort.
In this article, I will provide you with the solid reasons to go for your weight loss journey.
During the journey, many things affect people mentally, that break people confidence. If you have ever faced low in motivation or confidence; then you are at the right place.
Ups and down are the part any successful goal, you need to move forward to win over the odds.
Obsession that you need to quit:
- Checking weight frequently;
- Trying different types of diet more often;
- Planning short term goal;
- Losing hope quickly.
The post may be long but it’s worth to go through, it will help and motivate in your weight loss journey. Further, I will discuss the benefits that you can get by losing weight.
If you are obsessed with weight loss, then you should focus on these benefits rather than losing pounds quickly.
Are you ready?
If you are planning to lose weight then you shouldn’t skip it as it will act as motivation for you to go through tough time. Weight loss isn’t that tough you just need the right stuff besides you.
Let’s explore the benefits that will make you
A. Physical Benefits Of Weight Loss
People trying to LOSE WEIGHT always focus on physical benefits. The primary focus is to lose body fat and get slim and toned muscles.
Staying fit and lean is the need of everyone. WEIGHT LOSS program provides with more physical benefits instead of look.
(Weight loss program success depends on perfect blend of healthy eating and exercise. You can learn more at Ultimate Guide To Lose Weight)
Let’s explore the benefits:
1. Add years to life
Want to add more years to your life?
Don’t miss physical activity from your routine. Exercise can increase your life expectancy by several years, even you are overweight.
150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly can increase your life by: (1)
- Overweight people – 3.9 years
- Normal weight people – 7.2 years
So here is the real deal!
You can live longer by inducing a moderate fitness routine. But the benefits doubles if you have a healthy weight.
Try 50 minutes brisk walk for 3 times weekly.
Or you can try strength training or any other form of physical activity.
2. Life to Year
While on weight loss plan, you might get thought about quitting it, ask a question before quitting?
Is it worth to live life without the feeling of excitement and enthusiasm?
Happiness is the key for quality life.
A study found that people involved in any of fitness routine have a greater level of excitement, enthusiasm, and happiness; compared to people who aren’t active. (2)
Here’s the deal!
You don’t need to follow any vigorous routine to get the benefits. 150 minutes moderate activity can provide you the benefit.
With weight loss, you will increase your life expectancy and also add life to your year.
3. Less Allergic
Got hit by allergy season?
Sneezing, watery eyes, itching, congestion or running nose can take the fun from your life…
Wait for a second!
You might be thinking, how allergy and obesity are related to each other…
Overweight contributes to worsening allergies and asthma. It puts extra strain on the adrenal glands and respiratory system, that are responsible for managing allergies and asthma.
Firstly, you need to shred extra pounds to reduce burden on adrenal gland and respiratory system.
Secondly, you should start running for 30 minutes, it is found to reduce sneezing, watery eyes, itching, congestion or running nose by 90%.
4. Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is the worst diseases that major of people face.
Obesity and Diabetes both are related to each other. With increase in weight, the risk of diabetes increases.
People searching on “Google” for the best way to fight and reverse diabetes, they will find weight loss in the top of the list.
What study says?
In a study of 224 gastric bypass surgery patients with type 2 diabetes, 83 percent were able to reverse the symptoms of types 2 diabetes.
With a balanced calorie restriction, 11 people with type 2 diabetes were able to get the blood sugar level and insulin secretion to normal, within seven days.
Get motivated as you have better chance to reverse Type 2 diabetes by losing weight.
Follow healthy eating and get involved in fitness to reverse Type 2 diabetes.
Eating protein and fiber helps to restrict unwanted calories in a healthier way.
5. Healthy Heart
Cardiovascular disease is the top killer till now. Like diabetes, risk of heart diseases increases with obesity.
Why obesity increase the risk of heart disease?
With obesity, body fat level is high and also the ratio of blood cholesterol increases. Increased fat and cholesterol weakens the heart muscle and blocks the healthy flow of blood towards the heart.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology says that people who weigh more, face heart disease 12 years earlier than normal weight people.
Top reason for heart disease:
- High blood cholesterol level
- Weak cardiovascular system
Top actionable steps for the healthy heart:
The most important task for a healthy heart is weight loss. Lose fat and bring your body weight to the healthy level.
Get involved in cardio strengthening exercises like running, cycling, brisk walking, etc. You might feel tough to complete these routine as it challenges your heart muscle strength. But be assured, it will strengthen heart muscles and reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Eat healthy green leafy vegetables and unsalted nuts that will lower your fat level and also your cholesterol level.
6. Drops Cancer Risk
It’s time to know, obesity and cancer relation…
There are many reasons for the cause of cancer, among that obesity is on the list. The root cause of cancer is due to inflammation, that damages normal cells to make them a cancerous cell.
With higher body fat level, there is an increase in the level of inflammation.
Cancer Research study on postmenopausal women, found that lowering body fat just by 5 percent lowers the level of inflammation. It has similar results on obese men who underwent bariatric surgery.
Addition warning for women:
Overweight women have 4 times more risk of endometrial and breast cancer. Study at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston says that body fat increase production of oestrogen linked to endometrial and breast cancer. (6)
Tips for women:
It is found that birth control pills containing both oestrogen and progestin that lower risk of endometrial cancer by 50 percent. Consult your doctor before starting it.
Weight loss is the most important priority to fight any of these cancers.
Secondly, you should increase intake of foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc. to reduce inflammation and cancer risk.
7. Strengthen Bone And Reduce Joint Pain
And another reason to lose weight by Harvard Medical School…
Being overweight increases stress on your feet, knee, hip and ankle. (7)
It is also responsible for the increase in inflammation throughout the body and joints, leading to additional pain.
Losing weight can lower the stress on the joint as well as lower the inflammation. Increased inflammation is the reason for arthritis and osteoporosis.
By losing weight, the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis decreases.
A study with people after bariatric surgery found that losing 90 pounds felt that pain decreased by 83 percent.
Brisk walking can help to lower the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis. It will also help to get relief from its symptoms.
8. Better Sex and Fertility
The most important topic that can’t be missed…
A better sex and healthy fertility are among the top concerns.
Increasing level of infertility is common due to staying inactive. Drive for sex is lowering, dissatisfaction among partner is also increasing.
Some interesting facts about men and women, that can’t be missed…
Being couch potato has lower the sperm level in the semen that is responsible for infertility and lower sex drive. A study concluded that healthy men doing moderate to vigorous physical activity have high semen level compared to couch potato. (8, 9)
In Duke University Medical Center survey, obese people were 25 percent more likely to report dissatisfaction.
But a study found that loss of 10 percent of body fat improves sexual satisfaction.
A study found that men who exercise vigorously for 20 to 30 minutes have half the risk of an erectile problem than inactive men. It was also found that men who gained weight became susceptible to experience erectile dysfunction. (10)
There are many interesting things observed in women with interaction with exercises.
In a survey, it was found that women experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure. (11)
What are the exercises that most women felt orgasm?
- Abdominal exercises – 45 percent
- Biking/ spinning – 19 percent
- Climbing ropes / poles – 9.3 percent
- Weight lifting – 7 percent
- While other felt during doing yoga, swimming, aerobics, elliptical machines, etc.
After 20 minutes cycling vigorously, it was found that blood flow in genital tissue increases. It also increased vaginal response by 169 percent after exercise.
Apart from this, a healthy weight and exercise can improve health and endurance to enjoy sexual life.
How can weight loss improve your sexual life?
While few of the facts are stated above, it is also believed that exercise improves cardiovascular strength and improves circulation, improving sexual potency. Also, core exercises strengthen pelvic floor.
What can lower sexual potency?
Indulging is overtraining can affect immune system, which also lowers the testosterone level, leading to reduced sexual appetite.
Women also faced infertility problem who exercised too strenuously. Light to moderate exercise for 3 times a week is perfect for weight loss and sexual health.
9. Healthy Sleep
Want to sleep like a baby?
You should indulge in a fitness routine and shred unwanted pounds to get the most benefits.
Why you need a healthy sleep?
Sleep is the most important ritual that is followed. It is the time when you rest but your body regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation, recover damages cells and tissues, etc.
With a good sleep, you recover better and faster. Next day you are ready to enjoy your life with high energy level and no stress.
The thing is opposite with disturbance in sleep…
Disturbed metabolism, increased inflammation, delay in recovery leads to faster aging and other health problems.
Sleep apnea: A potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.
46 percent obese children face sleep apnea.
Among adult 25 percent face sleep apnea, 50 percent of them are obese.
With an increase in weight, the severity of sleep apnea also increases.
It is also found that sleep apnea and snoring is common due to increase fat level around the neck, that can vanish with weight loss.
So you get another reason to focus on your weight loss. Weight loss is just said to improve your look but it does more than expected.
10. Get Clear Skin and Look Younger
At adulthood, skin problem is common due to hormonal imbalance. If you are facing such problem then you should have a look on daily activity and eating habit. Both are linked with skin health and weight loss.
What causes the problem?
The obesity rate is rising due to increased consumption of processed foods loaded with sugar and salt. These foods are also linked to outbreak of an acne and rosacea.
You should work to lose weight and you will get healthier and clear skin.
Weight loss is achieved by following a healthy diet and fitness routine.
- Fitness routine will improve detoxification, reduce stress and balance hormone.
- Healthy eating will provide you with required nutrients to lose weight and nourish skin.
11. Your Breathe Better
Studies have found that asthma and obesity are both linked.
Glucocorticoids (a medicine that controls weeping) was 40 less effective in overweight person than normal weight.
An increase of fat in the chest and neck can resist air passage worsening asthma. It is also major cause of sleep apnea.
Fact: Obesity is the No.1 risk factor for sleep apnea.
Increase Vitamin D intake, it will improve your lung function.
Running, cycling, and other aerobic exercises will improve and strengthen respiratory system.
12. Reduce rate of Diseases
With heart disease, diabetes, cancer, there are many health problems risk due to obesity.
By losing weight, you will cut the root cause of such diseases. Exercise followed by healthy eating will nourish and protect from major of disease.
B. Psychological Benefits Of Weight Loss
Benefits of losing weight isn’t limited to physical benefit, it also boosts psychological health. Know how you can get the most from it.
13. Less Stress and Anxiety
You might be eating comfort foods like ice-cream, cake or other fast foods. These foods are loaded with sugar, salt and fat that have a pleasing effect, thus changes your mood.
Don’t be dependent on such food to relieve stress and improve mood. Studies have found that there was no measurable mood change. So it won’t help you to get rid of stress but will increase your calorie intake.
Stress severity increases with increase in cortisol (stress hormone) level.
You can flush out these cortisol hormone from your body by doing exercise. Aerobic exercise and other forms of exercise are perfect to get relief from stress. (12)
Exercise reduces body’s stress hormone like adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, a hormone in the body that acts as painkiller and mood elevator.
Which exercises helps the most?
Almost every type of exercise is beneficial. People found that large muscles rhythmic and repetitive actions have a better result.
Whenever you feel stressed out go for walk or jogging for 20 minutes. It will clear your mind and reduce stress.
Breathing exercise and meditation are also effective to reduce stress.
Some effective techniques:
- Listen to music
- Take a nap
- Sip black tea
- Hangout with a funny friend
- Schedule a massage
Stress has a negative effect on your health and also leads to weight gain. But by following fitness routine you get rid of those stress hormone, thus you have a peaceful and happy mind.
14. Better Creativity and memory
Excess weight can also lower down your creativity level and memory. You will face a tough time to recall any information.
15. Respect Your Body and Self-esteem
One the most important reason that can be considered to lose weight is self-esteem and high confidence level.
It’s tough to respect yourself if you are overweighing. It’s not just the outer look but its how you feel inside. Physical activity and healthy weight boost confidence at work and in other areas of life.
16. Become more adventurous
Weight loss can make your life more fulfilled and adventurous. With decrease in unhealthy weight, your body’s need less energy to carry those weight. While with fitness routine, body will learn to use oxygen efficiently, thus improving energy level.
With high energy level, you will be ready to complete any physical activity with ease. You can now take part in any energy and strength demanding sports or activity.
By losing weight, everything will start changing.
Why shouldn’t you go for it?
17. More Friends
Are you alone, watching series back to back?
Being couch potato won’t help you to make friends.
When you go to the gym, take part in events, you meet new people to socialize. You will make more friends on the go.
C. Financial Benefits Of Weight Loss
Saving money with staying at top health condition is a win-win situation. This topic might be small but you can guess the effect is due to lower health problems
18. Save Money
Last but the most important…
Obesity has increased the risk of many health diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart problems, etc.
These health problems can increase your cost of medicines. But just by losing weight you can lower the cost on health.
Gym membership and healthy foods are quite cheap compared to any medications.
The next step: Lose Weight
After you have learned the reason to lose weight, it’s now time to get started. Health and weight loss are connected with each other, so you need to plan a long-term goal. Short-term goal that involves unfair practice will disturb the balance between health and weight loss.
If you are interested more about weight loss then you should read The Ultimate Guide To Lose Weight | Weight Loss | 2017. It is an ultimate guide for weight loss that you won’t get anywhere.
In future, I will provide you with more detailed and actionable articles that will make your weight loss journey easy and fun.