Dropping pounds and enjoying a flatter stomach aren’t the only things to look forward to when you start slimming down. While looking great is definitely a huge accomplishment in its own right it’s also important to acknowledge how great you’ll feel in so many other ways. Sure, some changes will be unexpected and maybe even a little bit inconvenient, but isn’t it better to have a happy problem than any other kind of problem?
Say Goodbye to Your Daily Sniffles
Allergies be gone (or almost gone)! Losing weight can actually help you eventually say goodbye to your inhaler or lesson your need to pop some pills. If you’re wondering why, so did we. It’s crazy how linked your weight is to so many issues in your body and turns out that allergies are one of them.
Excess weight can actually put a lot of excess strain on your adrenal glands and your respiratory system as a whole (snoring, hello!), which means that your asthma and allergy symptoms will only get worse the more weight you put on. Just remember that you shouldn’t be changing your medication or whatever routine you have for your allergies without your doctor’s approval!
People Don’t Always React Well
While we’d like to think that people will be happy for us and our successes, this isn’t always the case. Everyone has an opinion about everything and you might find that some people may even be jealous of your success.
If this is something that you experience at the end of your journey, we encourage you not to give up and to intentionally let your friend know that you value your relationship and would really like to get to the bottom of their feelings. The good news is that if they’re receptive and are willing to talk to you, then things will probably work out for the better.
Your Special Someone Might Lose Weight Too
You have no idea how much power you have to influence your partner with your life choices. When you lose weight, and achieve a healthier lifestyle, there’s a good chance that you will really encourage your partner to do the same or at least start making healthier choices. This isn’t restricted to just your husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend either. This influence could span to your parents, your close friends and your siblings. So take heart and know that if you’re still in the process of losing weight, that you can inspire change in so many other people as well.
Activity Will Start Becoming a Craving
When we first start changing our lifestyles, the struggle is definitely real. We get tired easily, we don’t want to hit the gym, we can’t be bothered to meal prep, but once you acclimate to a new lifestyle, you’ll find that your body will start craving exercise. On one hand, it’s the endorphins that rush your system that makes working out so addicting. On the other end of the spectrum, however, progress is absolutely addicting. As you lose fat and gain muscle, you’ll want to see more of this progress and you’ll keep seeking the movement that will make that happen.
You May Not Need as Many Reminders
Here’s odd but good one, losing weight could actually make you better at the crossword puzzle! Okay, we’re kidding, but only just slightly. Neurologists have actually released research that show a correlation between obesity and poor memory or cognitive function. So, there you go! If you struggle with a poor memory, you may just be able to retain more of your short-term memory once you shed the weight.
Sleep Peacefully and Noiselessly
Snoring is no good for anyone. It keeps your partner up at night and it actually affects your ability to sleep as well. Whether it’s because you’re too worried you’ll snore or because you’re just not getting enough oxygen to feel rested, sleep apnea is can really put you through a loop of discomfort. There’s good news though! Did you know that losing just 5% of your existing body weight can help you say goodbye your snoring? It’s the excess weight around your neck that causes you to snore, so even just a smallest bit of weight loss can improve your snoring and your quality of sleep tremendously.
A New Skin Routine Could Be Essential
A lot of things will change about your body when you lose weight and this will likely also mean your face. Not only will your face get smaller, but you’ll start noticing things like more fine lines and maybe even some sagging. This is because having fat in your face tends to hide these skin issues. When you lose weight, the best thing to do is update your skin routine to address whatever new issues arise. It’s also a good idea to get a ton of vitamin C into your system as this will help to reduce wrinkles. The up side of this, however, is that losing weight tends to clear up skin problems like acne.
Your Late-Night Activities Will Get Even Better
One thing that you can definitely look forward to is better sex. Losing weight doesn’t just ramp up your sex drive, it’s scientifically proven to improve your satisfaction between the sheets. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight will exponentially improve your sexual experience and it also gives you the opportunity to try things that you’ve never tried before. The best part about it all is that you don’t have to hit your goal weight to enjoy this benefit and it’ll only get better from there.
A Wardrobe Upgrade is in Order
Aside from the fact that you simply won’t fit into your old clothes, losing weight can empower you in the sense that you could really upgrade your style or try looks that you never thought would suit you in the past. When we’re overweight or heavy set, our choices our limited, but as the drop the weight, we get to explore more fashion choices and start to really shape our own sense of style without the confines of the big and tall section.