The beauty of losing weight is that not only do we get that amazing sense of achievement and feel great, but our health improves too. The benefits of losing weight are bountiful, and if you followed a nutritious and balanced diet to get there then the health benefits are even more potent. With our clothes fitting better and our confidence boosted being perhaps some of the first things we think about when we consider the benefits of losing weight, the health benefits on our body are even more salient. So, what happens to your body when you lose weight?
You’ll get better sleep
Being overweight is often linked with a degree of difficulty sleeping due to additional weight on the throat, and excess body fat increases the likelihood of developing obstructive sleep apnea which can block airways. These blockages can cause sleep disturbances that can contribute to dangerous conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. When you lose weight you may find that you experience far longer and higher quality sleep, thus making you feel more alert, rested, and awake.
Your mood will improve
Weight loss has been recorded to significantly heighten moods and mental health. People often report less tension, fatigue, and depression. People have also recorded better self-esteem and greater confidence in daily life. This could all be due to healthier eating habits positively affecting the gut-brain axis, making our bodies and minds happier.
Read more on the gut-brain axis here.
Your brain might sharpen
Some studies have connected obesity to a number of cognitive issues surrounding memory and brain function. After losing weight there is less strain on the blood vessels, therefore improving blood flow to the brain. This subsequently boosts brain function and thinking skills.
Your health risks are reduced
A healthier body means you are at a far lower risk of health concerns. Obesity often increases the risk of a number of health issues, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, and type-2 diabetes. Losing weight can significantly reduce (and sometimes even reverse) these risks.
Your metabolism may slow
When your food intake is rapidly changed- such as when on a diet, the body begins to process the food you eat far slower, thus slowing your metabolism. The slower the metabolism, the harder it is to keep the weight off. To ensure weight isn’t put back on we must ensure we are getting amble exercise- weight-training is great for building muscle mass which can help to speed up the metabolism, and therefore make long-term weight loss more likely.
You may feel cooler
Studies have shown that you may actually start to feel cooler when you lose weight. A higher BMI is connected to a higher body temperature because the higher your metabolic rate, the more calories are able to be burnt to keep you warm. Therefore, when your metabolism has slowed, you will likely feel colder. Furthermore, levels of the thyroid hormone in the body decreases after weight loss, which also may make you feel colder.
Movement may feel easier
Carrying excess weight takes its toll on your joints, with knees and hips particularly susceptible to long-term damage and joint pain. Losing weight not only reduces the stress on your joints but will minimise inflammation throughout the body as hormone-generating fat stores drop. This in turn can help prevent autoimmune conditions like arthritis from developing. You may also find that breathing becomes easier and your digestion improves.
Your allergies may improve
When someone is overweight they may experience additional strain on the adrenal glands, which play a part in managing allergies as well as asthma symptoms. Being overweight is also linked to respiratory system strain which can also worsen these symptoms. You may find these symptoms lessen when you lose weight.
Your skin will be glowing
The food that we eat gets digested, enters the bloodstream, and is subsequently circulated to the skin- so everything we eat can have an effect on our skin. Diets high in refined carbohydrates and sugar can have a detrimental effect on the skin, and bad nutrition, in general, is often seen in dark circles and issues with skin elasticity. When better nutrition is followed and weight is lost we may notice far healthier and glowing skin.
When you’re losing safe and healthy weight and eating a more nutritious diet you’re doing your body and overall health a favour. Crash dieting and large calorie cuts may lead to a decline in weight but give your body the benefits of a healthy and wholesome way of life. Our meals and snacks are there to support your weight loss goals and keep your body healthy, happy and harmonious with the natural and nutritious food you’re eating. Take part in a private nutritionist consultation to find out the best plan to suit you, or browse our packages.
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