Some people are happy with their current weight – or perhaps they misunderstand, are confused, or generally don’t care about the importance of a ‘healthy’ scale number, body fat percentage, and body measurement.
But in reality, whether people want to admit it or not, if you are overweight and/or obese, then weight loss has numerous benefits and plays an important role in influencing your life. It directly impacts your health, your self-esteem, and it can influence your overall outlook on life.
Breaking it down to the top five benefits will help explain this better.
Lower Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is a measurement of how hard your heart has to work to push blood into your veins and through your body. What you eat, how much, and your weight, plays a significant role on the impact of your blood pressure.
Image filling two wheel barrows with dirt – one holds 65lbs. while the other holds 145lbs. of dirt – pick-up the handles and push each wheel barrow 1-km. How will you feel? You may be able to push 65lbs. with no real difficulties, however with 145lbs, it’s more difficult. Did you need to stop half way; was your heart rate up; breathing heavy or out of breath? Now double these pounds and image a 130lb person vs. 290lb person. How hard does the heart need to work to move these two different weighted people– whose blood pressure do you think is going to be higher?
So, by decreasing your body fat (body weight), this will lower your blood pressure and less stress will be placed on your heart.
Lower risk of Heart Disease: When you loose weight, it has multiple effects on your body. Did you know there are 21-different types of heart diseases? What you eat, high blood pressure, inactivity, and being overweight are all associated causes of heart diseases. Change these causes, and your risk for heart disease will be lowered and potentially take you out of the ‘danger’ zone.
Improved Activity Level: When you loose weight, it is easier to move your body therefor making you more apt to include some fun activities – riding your bike, running around with your kids, going on a hike or trying a ‘new’ sport. Including activity will also assist with your weight loss and lead you to wanting to continue with these activities because they are so much fun and you almost forgot how much you enjoy them.
Sleep & Breathe Better: When you loose weight your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to push blood through your body, so you will find you are able to sleep and breathe better. Think about climbing a flight of stairs. With less weight, you are able to climb, ‘fly’ up the stairs without being out of breathe or needing to stop. When you go to bed at night, you are more comfortable therefore allowing your body to relax and sleep better.
Improved Self-image & Self-esteem: When you loose weight, you feel proud of your achievement which increases your self-esteem and self-image. Simple things like shopping for clothing, sitting on and getting off of a chair and/or sofa, getting in and out of a car will be a lot easier – and while on the topic of shopping, what about the type of vehicle you purchase; to be honest, your body weight will influence the type of vehicle you will be looking to purchase.
Have you ever noticed when someone looses weight, the way they dress also changes. They begin to wear clothing that shows off their new found ‘sexy’ shape. And watch their body language, they tend to walk and move with more confidence, more pride.
So there you have it, the top five reasons for loosing weight and how it influences your life.
Have you recently been on a journey to loosing weight? How were your travels; how has it changed and/or influenced your life? Do you agree on these top five benefits? ©