Do you have creaky joints? Back pain? Aching feet? Carrying around too much weight contributes to such problems and could be the root cause of your discomfort. Many people automatically associate the idea of weight loss with looking healthier and more attractive, but the reality is that weight loss has several important health benefits beyond looking better naked.
Health for Your Heart
Carrying extra weight means your body has to work harder to support it as you move. This in turn means your heart has to work harder to keep the body moving. Over time, this additional stress on your heart can lead to serious cardiovascular issues and increases your risk of a heart attack. When you start exercising regularly, your heart grows more accustomed to activity, improving your heart’s overall health and performance. Eating heart-healthy foods also helps limit the risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure, and other cardiovascular problems.
When you eat well and regularly exercise, your body enters a healthy rhythm of activity and rest. Additionally, losing weight is one of the best ways to lower the associated risks of sleep apnea and can even help stop snoring.
Hormonal Balance and Libido
Healthier people enjoy stronger sex drives, and losing weight helps restore balance to the body’s hormones. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed men who have 30 extra pounds, or about five additional points of body mass index have testosterone levels comparable to men who were 10 or more years older. Obese people are also 25 times more likely to report sexual dissatisfaction than people with lower body mass indexes.
Say Goodbye to Back Pain
Carrying extra weight doesn’t just overwork your heart. It’s harder for the spine to support a heavier body, and over time, extra weight can cause curvatures of the spine and pressure points. This can lead to chronic neck and back pain, and losing weight helps the spine perform correctly with far less stress on sensitive disks and pressure points.
Losing weight improves mood, mental acuity, and reduces the anxiety and stress that often accompany physical issues like obesity. As you lose weight, you’ll likely find your time at work seems far less taxing and you have more energy to handle the other parts of daily life. People with healthier body mass indexes typically have more energy, less anxiety, and better hormonal balance than overweight people. Ultimately, losing weight improves many more aspects of life beyond your waistline.