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The psychological and physiological benefits of losing weight

By Hampton Pharmaceuticals

The psychological and physiological benefits of losing weight

The weight loss process is often very challenging. A lot of people become demotivated and uninspired as there is really no quick fix solution to losing weight. Regardless of this fact, there are outstanding benefits associated with the loss of weight, both psychologically and physically.

Losing weight is associated with a variety of psychological benefits. The process of losing weight has a significant impact on the mental and emotional well-being of individuals.

 Studies have shown that exercise and healthy eating leads to increased self-esteem and higher levels of confidence. A person who has lost even a small amount of weight becomes more confident and this confidence is noticeable by many.

The decision to lose weight and the motivation that drives you to change your lifestyle, that is eating healthy and partaking in regular exercise, leads to increased feelings of determination, belief in oneself and motivation to take on other challenging tasks that we are faced with on a day to day basis.

A personal sense of fulfilment can be found through weight loss, as you made the decision to better your life. This sense of fulfilment carries over into all aspects of your life, such as work related situations and relationships.

Weight loss is associated with decreased incidents of depression, anxiety and stress. This decrease is due to the hormones that are released during exercise such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphins which can be called the feel good hormones. These hormones increase your sense of well-being and lighten your mood.

Weight loss improves your quality of life. Losing weight enables you to do things that you’ve always wanted to but might not have ever been able to do. Your quality of life is enhanced due to the fact that by losing weight, you are more likely to engage in different activities and be more confident in trying new thing. For example, something as small as feeling comfortable enough to wear a dress or take up a dancing class.

During the weight loss process there are many physiological changes and benefits. Firstly, the most noticeable physical benefit is the reduction of weight, which makes you look and feel better, but there are even more benefits which are just as important.

The reduction of body fat is associated with decreased risk of diseases and disorders. High cholesterol is often associated with increased weight or fat and unhealthy eating habits. Weight loss and healthy eating lowers your LDL cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol.

Weight loss lowers your risk of diabetes, which is associated with high glucose levels. Reductions are seen in blood pressure, the average range of blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg, whilst hypertension is a range of about 140/90.

The risk of heart related disorder decreases. These disorders include coronary artery disease which affects the arteries in the heart, heart attacks, cardiomyopathy which associated with the contraction of the heart. Valvular heart disease which affects the valves in the heart.

Reduced weight enables the heart to function properly. Increased weight adds increased pressure on the heart causing it to work harder to pump the blood to the necessary organs.

Whilst you are on your weight loss journey, you may feel like all your efforts are going to waste and that you aren’t seeing any results. Keep going and keep giving it your all; your hard work, dedication, commitment and perseverance will pay off, just wait and see!

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