When most people decide to lose weight it often because they can no longer fit into their favourite clothes, or want to get in better shape for an upcoming holiday.
Of course weight loss can also improve your overall health, with improvements to your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, diabetes and heart health to be expected.
However there are a few other reasons to lose weight, which we will talk about below:
Reasons to lose weight #1 – You will sleep better
There has been plenty of research to suggest that losing a few pounds could help improve your sleep patterns.
One such study was presented at the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago, where a 5% loss in body weight ensured an extra 22 minutes of sleep every night.
Reasons to lose weight #2 – Improved cognition
Research has suggested that being obese can weaken the blood-brain barrier, meaning that fat cells are allowed to flow to the brain; just like they flow to the heart and other muscles.
A study on mice showed that weight loss led to a significant improvement in brainpower.
Reasons to lose weight #3 – Clearer skin
Although it is understood that losing weight can improve the appearance of blemishes and other skin conditions there is not a lot of research to back up these claims.
However, a 2013 study has shown that following a low calorie diet for 8 weeks not only resulted in weight loss in obese patients but also saw an improvement in the severity of psoriasis.
Reasons to lose weight #4 – You will save money
Not only will the cost of buying all that extra food be saved but there is also other ways that losing weight could save you money.
Being overweight can cause numerous health conditions that can lead you to miss work, resulting in less wages.
Reasons to lose weight #5 – Less pain
Weighing less puts less strain on your joints, resulting in less inflammation and pain.
Reasons to lose weight #6 – More sex
A 2011 study in Australia found that men who were obese and struggling with diabetes saw an improvement in both erectile function and libido after losing between 5-10% of their total bodyweight.
The weight loss will obviously improve your ego and self esteem too.