Weight loss makes us look and feel good, but that’s not where the goodness stops! Our weight can affect many areas of our lives, and it can be incredibly surprising to find out how. So, if you’ve been looking for a little more motivation to pick up that workout DVD, or to head to the gym on your days off, here are the facts you’ve been waiting for!
Better Blood Flow = Better Muscle Activity
Oxygen in your blood is everything when it comes to muscles. Improving blood flow can produce a lot of good things for your bodily functions, and your brain may just thank you most of all. Incredible as it sounds you may notice improved memory and sensory perception in one fell swoop by losing weight, as a healthy BMI means a healthy cell count up top as well. Say you’ve been looking into hearing aid technology, or you already have an aid, losing weight may just improve the way you hear all by itself.
It won’t be a miracle of course, but you won’t struggle as much as you did before. When blood can flow around the body freely, without any blockages or scarring or cholesterol build ups, the way you move will be improved and you won’t get as tired as easily as you once did.
Less Weight is Easier on Joints
This seems pretty obvious, but the signs of wear and tear we usually get in our 40s can occur a lot earlier if we’re overweight or obese. Losing weight therefore can make using your limbs a lot less stiff and painful, and the place that’ll thank you the most is your knees. Read: Link Between Obesity and Joint Pain.
Less pressure on the very joints holding us up means they’re going to stick around in good shape for a lot longer. It’s said for every pound in weight you manage to lose, which can be done every week, is equivalent to losing four pounds of pressure when it comes to your knees.
You’ll Spend Less Money
You won’t need to fork over your money for as many medical expenses as you may have done before. That’s because any of the many obesity-related illnesses are less likely to target you. Things such as a heart attack or developing diabetes are less of a risk, which is great in terms of health and financial worries! Hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars a year can be saved and put towards something better — like a good trip or something fun to do with family or friends.
Humans are meant to have fat stores of course. Fat stores are where we get our energy in a pinch, support our babies from, and how we stay warm in the Winter. However, having too much fat stored away can be just as bad as not having enough.
Don’t Wait to Lose Weight!
So there you have it, some big (and some small) ways that losing weight can drastically improve your quality of life. Remember it’s usually beneficial to add a little more exercise into your daily routine, so don’t be afraid to add some more crunches in!
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life