Considering losing weight but lacking the motivation? There are many great incentives to slim down: Leaner people are known to experience greater health, happiness and longevity. Let’s look at some important reasons to consider setting weight loss goals this year.
Losing weight helps improve your self-image.
Not only will your body look great, but with your new muscle tone and improved health, you will be able to move more freely and physically achieve much more in your daily life. The greatest reward of all, though, is the sense of empowerment you will get from reaching a weight loss goal. Success breeds more success, and your new accomplishment will set you up for further triumphs in life.
Shedding a few pounds certainly makes you look and feel great. But aside from the immediate benefits, there are several urgent medical reasons why you should lose weight now.
Losing weight can save your life by decreasing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and deadly kidney failure.
Research has shown time and again that obesity or overweight is a major contributor to early illness and death. Fat does not confine itself to cellulite and double chins it surrounds your organs and circulates in your blood as your body tries to rid itself of it, causing lasting damage and destruction. Losing a few pounds can add many years of function to your organs, and your life.
Even if being overweight doesn’t kill you, it damages your body in many small ways that decrease your quality of life. Excess weight could be at the root of your joint pain, sleeplessness, weak lungs, allergies, recurrent infections and crippling mental disorders such as depression and dementia. If you suffer from any of these problems, chances are they will improve as soon as you drop the extra weight, and if you don’t have them, your risk of developing them in the future will be reduced.
Obesity makes pregnancy and giving birth more dangerous.
Supporting and nourishing a growing baby adds even more demands on your already strained body, so it is hardly surprising that obese mothers have significantly more birth complications than their lean counterparts. If you’re planning on starting a family, you might want to start off with a healthy diet and exercise program.
There are so many reasons to start losing weight straight away. Why not make the New Year another excuse and put weight loss at the top of your list of resolutions? Prepare yourself for health, happiness and longevity in one package. What do you have to lose? Only weight!