We all want to lose weight, but in most of our cases, it’s so we can look better in our clothing, bikini, or wedding dress. But weight loss affects a lot more than just our appearance. You’d be surprised by all the many changes that occur in your body when you drop those extra pounds and get down to a healthy weight. Here are the main things you’ll start to notice as you lose weight:
You Sleep Better
Losing more than 5% of your body weight (especially all that excess weight) can help to improve the quality of your sleep. Not only will you sleep for more hours every night, but you’ll sleep better and wake up feeling more rested. Sleep contributes to weight loss, and in turn weight loss contributes to a better night of rest.
You Want More Sex
A lot of people with low sex drive and reduced libido are overweight. Excess body fat can stop blood from flowing to your sex organs, and may even decrease levels of testosterone and estrogen, the two hormones that drive male and female sexual desire. Losing weight helps to balance out your hormones and increases the production of sex hormones. Just 10 pounds of weight loss is enough to give you boost to your sex drive.
You Feel Better
Did you know that weight loss is directly tied to your mood? The more time you spend at the gym working out, the more your body produces both serotonin and endorphins. These feel-good chemicals can do wonders to improve your mood and make you feel better throughout the day. And, thanks to the improved body image perception you have of yourself, you’re far less likely to suffer from depression and stress.
Your Joints Work Better
Excess body weight can place a strain on your joints, often to the point that your joints feel achy or in pain throughout the day. When you lose weight, you take the weight off your joints, and thus decrease the amount of pain.
You Reduce Stress
Being overweight can feel very stressful, especially for those preparing for a wedding or bikini season. By losing weight, you check one more item off your mental to-do list, making it easier for you to enjoy your daily activities without worrying about how you look or feel.
Your Immune System is Stronger
Did you know that eating right and doing exercise can make you very resistant to infections and illness? Exercise increases your body’s response time to threatening and invading pathogens, making it easier for you to eliminate the diseases before they set in. And, thanks to your healthy diet, you’re getting all the nutrients needed to keep your immune system running at top speed.
You’ll Eat Less Junk Food
Now that you’ve trained yourself to avoid sugar and other junk food, you’ll be far less tempted to eat it when the chance presents itself. You won’t want to eat the food because you know what it will do to your body, and how it will contribute to weight gain. You’ve gone through all the effort of losing the weight, so you’ll do everything you can to keep it off, even if that means saying no to your favorite snacks.
You’ll Enjoy Food More
Now that you’re not eating for the sake of eating, you’ll actually start enjoying your food a lot more. You’ll become more mindful of what you put in your body, both in terms of quantity and quality. When you get a rich, well-prepared meal, you’ll be mindful enough to enjoy every bite.