The Many Positive Benefits Of Losing Weight

Many people who are overweight are not very happy with the way they look and feel and with all the publicity that is being published about the negative health effects of being overweight many people are now realizing that they have got to do something about it.

There are many positive benefits of losing weight and knowing all these positive benefits can help to motivate and inspire you to shed a few pounds.

This also means that there are also many negative consequences, restrictions and inconveniences to being overweight, including some potentially serious health risks like.

  • High blood pressure 
  • Raised cholesterol 
  • Asthma
  • Risk of heart disease and stroke 
  • Diabetes
Being overweight can also make it uncomfortable for you to sit, sleep and move about and it will put a lot of added pressure on your spine and posture if you have to stand up all day.

But you already probably know all the negative effects of obesity or being overweight and worrying about what might happen is only going to drag you down even further which is the exact opposite to what you want.

You can use the negatives to motivate you into taking action, but it will make you feel a lot better, more inspired better and more optimistic if you focus on all the positive aspects and benefits of losing weight.

8 positive benefits of losing weight

Losing weight is not easy, it can be quite  a long journey, but it is a journey and effort that will be well worth it. 

Try and get the support of your family and friends

If you are thinking of embarking on a weight loss campaign, which will involve a vigorous exercise routine, then it may pay you to consult your doctor first.

Below are some of the positive benefits of losing weight, which will hopefully help to motivate and inspire you to take that all important first step.

1) You're going to be happier

Once you have reached your target weight, it will give you a huge sense of satisfaction and good feelings of accomplishment and positivity which will leave you feeling happier in yourself and you will have an inner sense of pride.

2) You will save a lot of money on your food bill

Once you begin to lose weight you will cut down on the amount of money that you spend on food, which will allow you to put that money to better things.

Because of your new healthy eating habits, you will be having less bad foods and more nutritious, healthy foods, which will give you more energy and it will improve your mood.

Being to overweight can also cost you a lot of money in things such as medical bills and lost days at work.

3) Treat yourself to a whole new set of fashionable clothes

Once you have reached your target weight you will be able to throw away all your old and baggy clothes and you will be able to treat yourself to a whole new wardrobe of new fashionable and tighter fitting clothes so you can show off your fantastic new body, especially with all the money you will have saved yourself.

Just imagine, no more specialist shopping for those extra large clothes, just think how good you're going to look wearing all those trendy clothes.

4) You will look good

One of the best advantages of losing weight is, you're going to look great, slimmer, fitter and you will feel so much better. 

If you have been struggling with your body image, then you won't have to feel all that pain anymore because you will have a brand new positive body image of you.

To help keep you motivated to lose weight and keep all that weight off, take some photo's before you lose any weight then take some photo's after you have lost weight.

Then, anytime that you feel de-motivated or you find yourself slipping back into your old bad eating habits, look at how used to look, then look at how good you look now.

5) You will feel and be healthier

Losing weight will improve your health and well-being. If you combine an exercise routine with your new healthy eating habits then you will become fitter and stronger as your muscle being to tone up.

Most weight related illnesses and conditions like type 2 diabetes, some heart diseases, strokes are highly preventable and you can avoid them if you adhere to a healthy lifestyle and you're not drastically overweight.

Losing weight can help to lower your blood pressure, and it can also improve your blood circulation which can help improve your memory and your other mental faculties, your intelligence and your concentration.

Losing weight and keeping fit can increase your lifespan, it can also take a weight off your children's, your family and your loved one's mind, because they will be able to stop all the worrying about you dying prematurely. 

6) You will be more mobile

Being overweight can restrict your mobility and make you feel uncomfortable when you're sitting, standing, travelling, working or moving about.

But the new slimmer you, will have more energy, you will feel more comfortable in almost everything you do and you will be able to take part in more physical activities and sports. 

You will sleep better, sitting and standing will be a lot more comfortable, and you will probably find that you can walk and run faster and further, plus you will be more mobile and agile.

7) Your self confidence in yourself will increase

Being overweight can erode away at your self esteem and your self confidence, it can cause you to want to hide away from the rest of the world or make you feel uncomfortable when your out or you're socializing.

But as the weight starts to drop off, your confidence in yourself will begin to increase. The new slimmer you will look and feel more attractive and it should give your love life a boost.

If you're single, then it should increase your dating chances ad if you're already in a relationship, then it will do wonders for your love life and your partner will feel like they are  getting a new man/woman. 

8) Prevent damage to your joints

Being overweight can put a lot of extra workload on your knees, ankles and hips, which can in time lead to pain and osteoarthritis in the joints.

Losing weight can eventually take its toll on your body and it can be particularly hard on the bones and joints which can end up with the need for hip and knee replacements or operations, which can all be prevented by shedding that excess weight.

Losing weight can also prevent the risk of back problems and even prevent you having to have surgery on your back later on down the line.

Being obese, can put a huge strain on your back, which can increase the risks of things like sciatica and herniated disc trouble.

Avoiding falling into the see-saw trap

The chances are have already tried to lose weight, but sometimes it can seem hard and frustrating and many people who embark on weight loss campaign fall into the see-saw effect.

You start off full of enthusiasm and determination, you even see some initial success where you manage to lose weight.

Then you slip back for a while, and before long, you start to put all the weight back and you may end up even heavier than you did before you started. 

This see-saw effect where you lose weight and then you put it back on an again and you lose it again and put it back on is fairly common. 

So, how to you get out of the see-saw pattern so you lose weight and you then you maintain your new healthy weight? 

There are obvious things that you need to stick to as much as possible, such as giving up or cutting back on things like sweets, cakes, biscuits and chocolate, as well as cutting back on fried foods and not overdoing the carbs.

Losing weight is the first step, but the real challenge is keeping that weight off and most people only focus on reaching their target weight.

This is where most people slip up because they give little consideration to life after they have obtained their ideal weight.

Everybody knows that changing your diet and eating habits will help you to lose weight, but to reach your target weight and then to sustain your new healthy weight usually requires making some lifestyle changes and sticking to them.

This should ideally include eating more healthy foods such as lean protein and vegetables as well as keeping active. 

But there is much more to successfully losing weight than just changing your eating habits, like reducing your stress, because stress is responsible for a lot of emotional eating and weight gain.

The right mindset and positive attitude will also be required so you can help to beat off or those food cravings and prevent any impulse eating.

Keeping the weight off

The initial step of losing a bit of weight is probably the easier part, the more difficult task is to see your goal right the way through until you reach your target weight and then you have the more difficult stage which is to make sure that you sustain your target weight. 

This is where most people trip up and they end up putting all the weight on again, so all their hard effort is wasted, not to mention the damage it does to their confidence and self esteem.

There is a very good reason for why most people fall victim of this trap, and the reason why it often happens is because they don't address the root causes of their obesity.

All you need to successfully lose the weight is a sensible and healthy diet combined with a good exercise strategy and plan and most good diet plans will normally work.

So if it is this easy, why do so many people, either give up half way through their diet plan or initially, they lose the weight, but after a while, their weight starts to creep back up again which leaves them feeling frustrated and disappointed.

One of the reasons why people either give up or they put the weight back on is because they end up returning back to their old bad eating habits and sedentary lifestyle.

If this has happened to you then it is not your fault because you are probably unaware of the things that keep tripping you up.

You see, inside of your brain you have an inbuilt mechanism that builds and creates automatic and powerful behaviours, actions and habits which nearly all operate at a subconscious level.

What this means is, you are probably totally unaware of these bad habits, thinking patterns and behaviours that you have developed that are responsible for some of the bad eating habits and behaviours that you sometimes do.

These bad unconscious habits, behaviours and patterns can result in you automatically doing things that are responsible for you, putting on the weight again, like when you eat without giving much forethought to why or what you're eating. 

These bad habits and ways of doing things are created in your subconscious mind over a period of time without you being aware of them being formed, they then dictate your bad eating habits, attitude and lifestyle.

But the good news is, you can use these inner mechanisms to your advantage by learning how to create new positive habits that will work in your favour by helping you to lose weight.

But the good news is, you can use the positive powers of these inner mechanisms to your advantage by learning how to break those old bad eating habits and food cravings and then create new positive eating habits and choices that will work in your favour by helping you to lose weight.


Disclaimer

This article is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice, always work with your doctor



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