Weight Loss Benefits are numerous, ranging from health to physical looks. However, the most important weight loss benefits go well beyond fitting into your favorite jeans; in fact, most weight loss benefits have nothing to do with your appearance at all. Aside from looking better in a bikini, what are the other, more meaningful weight loss benefits? Here are a few I'd like to share, for anyone who's considering a healthier diet...
1. Reduced stress
One of the best weight loss benefits is a lack of stress. People who eat a healthier diet and exercise regularly feel the effects of stress far less, and far less frequently, than their unhealthy, overweight couch-potato counterparts. Can you think of a better reason to lose weight? Keep reading...
2. Better sleep
Here's a weight loss benefit a lot of people don't know, but it makes a lot of sense. If you're overweight, you're at a greater risk for sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and even insomnia. If you lose weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you'll sleep better... one note, though. Don't workout just before bed, or you'll have a hard time falling asleep.
3. Lower cholesterol
Again, people who exercise regularly and diet will reap another physical benefit: lower cholesterol. While this isn't true for everyone (some of the fittest people I know need pharmaceuticals to control their high cholesterol), it's a fact across almost the entire “board.”
4. Lower risk of Alzheimer's
Scientists aren't quite sure why, but people who have a healthy diet and who exercise regularly are much more likely to enjoy this other weight loss benefit — a much lower risk of Alzheimer's disease. Researcher think it may be the increased blood flow getting much-needed oxygen to the brain, but I'm not sure it matters exactly why it works, as long as it does.
5. Lower cancer risk
While not every cancer can be avoided this way, there are several that are less of a risk for people who eat well and exercise regularly, and others that are much easier to detect and treat successfully.
6. Lower risk of diabetes
Here's yet another weight loss benefit that has nothing to do with looks. People who are withing their healthy weight range also have a much, much lower risk of contracting diabetes, and all of the co-morbidities associated with this dreadful chronic ailment.
7. Shallow, but! Easier to shop for clothes!
Okay, now that I've listed all of the benefits of weight loss that will likely convince most people to start eating a healthier diet, it's time to get all shallow and go back to the original reason: to look good, to feel good, and yes, to have more fun shopping for clothes! There. I said it.
With so many weight loss benefits, most of which are so much more vital than fitting into skinny jeans, and can actually add years to your life, it's time to start putting together a diet and fitness regimen that will work for you, so you can start reaping the benefits, too! Which of these reasons motivates you, or are there other weight loss benefits that help you set and keep goals? Please share your own weight loss benefits with us!
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