Many people are looking to lose weight in order to shed body fat, feel better about their body, feel more comfortable in social situations, or fit into a smaller dress size. All of these are completely valid reasons, but there are many more benefits to losing weight that can help cement your reasons for losing weight that you may not have considered.
With that said, here are our top 10 benefits of losing weight.
1. Live longer
If you are losing weight as the result of changing your eating patterns to include more healthy and nutritious foods, and participating in physical activity on a regular basis you can expect to live longer than if you had kept up less than healthy behaviours.
2. Stress relief
A healthy diet packed with whole grain carbohydrates, lean high quality protein, fruit and vegetables, exercise, and plenty of water can help to keep your moods more level, plus help you concentrate better and solve problems better so problems don’t snowball.
3. Fights joint pain
When you’re overweight, your joints will have a difficult time supporting your body, resulting in joint pain. So if you lose weight, there will be less pressure on your joints as you move around through the day… translating into less joint pain.
4. A shared interest
Picture this. Your partner/friend/family member spots you eating these beautiful and delicious meals, you have so much more energy, and you are loving going out for walks in nature and getting fitter every day. Sounds contagious!
You might find that your new change in lifestyle inspires others to take an interest in what you are doing, and want to join you!
5. Improves immune function
A lifestyle change with healthier behaviours, an improved diet, and more physical activity gives your immune system a boost- making you less likely to become unwell, and able to fight off illness faster when you do catch something.
6. Better sleeping quality
Better energy during the day can mean less cravings for sweet foods to give you an energy boost, a lower reliance on caffeinated beverages to get you through the day, and physical activity helps you get to sleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep with restorative qualities.
7. Lowers risk of lifestyle related disease
Diseases such as high blood pressure, PCOS, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol can be prevented or even in some cases reversed with a healthy lifestyle change and weight loss.
8. Improve a person’s memory
A healthier lifestyle for weight loss can help you process information faster, as well as retain that information more efficiently. So long brain fog!
9. Boost self-esteem
Having a fit and healthy body, even if it’s not a perfect one, can help to improve how you feel about yourself- and not just from a superficial perspective. Knowing that you set yourself a goal, and worked to achieve it and that the results are visible to all can give you a real boost in confidence in yourself and your abilities to achieve any goal you set your mind to.
A reduction in processed food causing insulin spikes, and an increase in good quality nutritious food packed full of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, in combination with a good hydration status. All of these may result in better skin, reduced signs of ageing, and fewer blemished.
Do these benefits sound good to you? If you think you need help to get started with achieving your weight loss goals, check out our proven program. OnTrack Retreats have helped 100’s of people just like you to achieve their health and fitness in a supportive environment.