You’ve got a lot to be proud about if you’ve successfully lost weight and have kept it off. Even if you’ve only lost a portion of what you wanted to lose, it’s still definitely something to hold your head high about or give yourself a pat on the back for. After all, you’ve put in the tough work when it comes to altering eating habits, pushing yourself in the gym and saying no to that happy hour that you really, really wanted to go to. But did you know that aside from a smaller number on a scale and a hot new bod, that there’s so much more to losing weight? There are incredible benefits that your body starts to enjoy as soon as you lose a few pounds and you may not be aware of it. If you haven’t lost weight yet but really want to, we really hope that this list encourages you to get started today and to stay committed to the process.
Food Starts to Taste Different
We’re not saying that your food is going to start tasting funky, but you’re definitely going to notice a difference. This is especially true if you’ve lost a lot of weight over a short period of time as rapid weight loss has been known to alter taste buds. While some people may not be happy to hear this, we think it’s a reason to celebrate because most research shows that people will start developing a dislike for foods that they shouldn’t eat too much of anyways. More often than not, people start craving meat and dairy less and start to taste the natural flavor in their food more. This means food gets more flavorful without needing all that extra salt or fat that we’re so used to slathering our food with. Three cheers for healthier meals, we say!
Sleep Quality Starts to Improve
It’s incredible how much your weight affects that quality of sleep you get at night. Studies have shown that losing even just 5% of your body weight over the course of 6 months can improve your average sleep time by 22 full minutes. We don’t know about you, but for us, every extra minute counts. Losing weight also improves sleep apnea in almost all people studied since there is less weight constricting your breathing and a decrease in the amount of soft tissue that restricts your upper airways. Not to mention the fact that better sleep actually helps you burn more calories in the future and keep the weight off for good as well. Talk about a win-win situation.
You’ll See Things Much More Clearly
No, we’re not being metaphoric here. Your eyesight will literally improve once you start losing weight. If it sounds unbelievable, take a moment and hear us out. Higher percentages of body fat in a person’s body is actually linked to having decreased levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in our eyes. For those of you who aren’t aware, lutein and zeaxanthin are actually antioxidants found in the retina, which help with combating degenerative conditions in the eyes. Essentially, losing weight will protect your vision from obesity-related conditions like type 2 diabetes. As many people who have suffered with diabetes can tell you, being extremely overweight promotes the development of age-related eyesight ailments.
Say Hello to Fertile Ovaries
Ladies, this one’s for you. Being overweight paves the path to many health-related issues, but when it comes to women in particular, one of the most devastating things about being obese is difficulty conceiving. Studies have consistently shown that obesity in women is closely linked to infertility and illnesses like polycystic ovary syndrome. In fact, the younger someone is when she becomes obese, the more difficult it will be for her to conceive a child in the future. Take heart, however, because if you have been trying to have children and have been failing, losing weight will really help. Losing even a bit of weight can boost fertility in a woman and, most importantly, will help ensure that your pregnancy and baby are healthy. Remember that your weight is also linked to a number of health outcomes for your children.
Part Ways with Some or All of Your Medication
We can’t even begin to count the number of cases we’ve seen where people go from morbidly obese to normal in weight and are then given a clean bill of health. If you really sit down and think about it, it makes sense. Maintaining a healthy weight for your height and build can really protect you against heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and more. So, if you’re overweight and dealing with these ailments or any other kind of weight related diseases, shedding even just a bit of weight can ease and decrease the amount of medication you need to take. While it’s not a guarantee that your medical issues will go away completely, there’s certainly a high percentage that your symptoms will lessen and that the medication you take will eventually lessen as well. Some of the most common medicines to get tossed out are blood pressure and cholesterol medications. Many people who have successfully slimmed down have also reported learning how to manage type 2 diabetes without having to inject themselves with insulin daily. Other health improvements that you can expect from losing weight include taming chronic conditions such as asthma, heartburn and sleep apnea.
Your Bones May Get Stronger
Many people associate weight loss with weak bones, but we really want you to get the facts straight: this is only a concern if you’re underweight or are eating an unhealthily restrictive diet. With that being said, losing weight can actually make your bones and joints healthier. Carrying all that excess weight on your body puts a strain on your joints like no other and is often the culprit to the aches and pains that many overweight people feel. It’s also important to know that visceral fat, the fat that you find around the belly, is extremely detrimental for bones. Naturally, losing weight improves this and you can look forward to less aches and pains the next time you head out for a walk.