For some, losing weight is just a matter of vanity and the fact that they want to look as good as possible or simply to be able to fit into an old pair of your favourite jeans.
However, if you read on you will find many other reasons why you may need to lose weight:
#1: Avoid developing diabetes
In a recent study it has been shown that for every kilogram of extra weight you carry you increase your risk of developing diabetes by 50%.
On the other hand losing weight has been shown to cut the risk of developing this life-threatening condition.
#2: Lower blood pressure
Research has shown that losing as little as 10 pounds in weight could help lower blood pressure, which in turn can in turn reduce the risk of developing heart disease and suffering a stroke.
#3: You will live longer
If you suffer from excess weight then you maybe shortening your life-expectancy.
This excess weight can damage telomeres that help to protect your DNA. They act like a genetic clock and the more damage caused to them the higher your risk of developing cancer or heart problems.
#4: Better sex
If you are overweight then you may suffer with confidence issues, in particular body confidence, which can reduce your own sexual desire.
By losing a little weight your confidence will increase. Also, research has shown that exercise can cause an increase in the level of sex hormones present in your body.
#5: Improve your fertility
If you are struggling to conceive then one of the first suggestions a doctor will make is to try and lose weight.
This makes sense as research has shown that as little as a 5% drop in body weight could dramatically increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
#6: Lose those flat feet
As you gain weight your foot arches will lower to spread the surface area of your foot, therefore creating the condition commonly called ‘flat feet’.
This condition can be painful, which is why most podiatrists would recommend that you try to lose a few pounds.
#7: Reduce the risk of developing breast cancer
There have been numerous studies over the years that have suggested that obesity and breast cancer are linked.
One study has shown that if you are able to lose 22 pounds after the menopause you could reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by 60%.
#8: Boost self-esteem
It may seem obvious but losing weight has been shown to improve self-esteem, with those losing weight naturally using their own hard work seeing the most dramatic increase in confidence.
#9: A happier marriage
A study has shown that if one couple in a relationship lost weight the relationship itself improved.
This was because the couple were able to communicate better and felt closer to each other.
#10: Help you to stop snoring
If you are overweight you may be prone to snoring. This is because the excess fat around your neck can squeeze the airway, preventing proper air flow.
By reducing this fat your snoring could be eased.
#11: Reduce joint pain
If you are overweight then you may already be feeling those aching joints, in particular your knees, hips and ankles.
Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of arthritis so you should take steps to losing a few of those excess pounds.
#12: Reduced risk of bowel cancer
Being overweight is one of the leading causes of bowel cancer, but if you are willing to take steps to losing the weight you could reduce your risk by a quarter.
#13: More energy
Not only will losing weight make it easier to move around, but a healthy diet full of nuts, beans, vegetables and plenty of lean protein can seriously boost your energy levels.
#14: Improve the quality of your sleep
If you struggle with your sleep then losing weight can help. A study has shown that losing 15 pounds or more could improve the quality of your sleep by as much as 20%.
#15: Reduce heartburn
The extra fat around your waist maybe putting extra pressure on your stomach, which causes the contents of it to be forced back up your throat.
By losing this belly fat and by losing weight you can reduce this pressure and therefore heartburn.
#16: Fewer colds and flu
When your are overweight your immune system may not be working fully due to the damage put on the cells by inflammation.
By losing weight this inflammation will be reduced, which will help to improve the health of your immune system.