Many of us have fitness goals that take some form or another, but for a lot of us, those goals are centered around simply looking better overall. But weight loss is much more than that. Here is a look at seven major benefits to reaching your goal weight, in no particular order.
This is the weight loss benefit that most people think of first, so it’s worth mentioning first. Shredding those excess pounds you’ve been carrying around is such to make you look better overall. Your muscle tone will show more, and chances are you’ll have more confidence too—something that makes anyone look more attractive.
Have more energy.
Experts say that losing just 10 percent of your body weight increases feelings of vigor and vitality. This comes as no surprise when you consider how significantly extra weight can hold you back during everyday activities such as walking up the stairs or running errands. And once you start having more energy, you’re more likely to continue progressing toward your fitness goals.
Be healthier overall.
This almost goes without saying—reaching your goal weight can also make you healthier overall. By losing excess weight, you will be reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, joint pain, and so much more. And when you consider the fact that reaching your goal weight is likely to result in you being more active (thanks to having extra energy and more enthusiasm toward good health), the health benefits of losing excess weight are only compounded.
Have stronger mental health.
This isn’t just about physical health; psychological and emotional health also play crucial roles in overall wellness. Maintaining a healthy weight is proven to reduce a person’s risk of depression, low self-esteem, and anxiety. This is likely due to the confidence and positive self-image that come with reaching your goal weight.
Improve sex drive.
Reaching your goal weight can significantly improve your sex drive, as well. People who are obese are 25 times more likely to report sexual dissatisfaction as those of normal weight. In addition, losing weight can actually stimulate sex hormones, raising vital hormone levels.
Weight loss can help you save money in a number of ways. First, you’ll likely save costs on food, as eating proper portions will stretch your food money further. Second, you’re less likely to spend money on healthcare for obesity-related issues, such as type 2 diabetes or various heart conditions. Third, your insurance premiums may be lower when you are of a healthy weight.
Earn more money.
It’s true—maintaining a healthy body weight can help you in your career as well. For instance, when you are clearly reaching your body weight goals, it will serve as a marker of commitment and dedication to your boss and coworkers. Maintaining a healthy body weight can also help you perform better while you are at work. In addition, studies have shown that people of a healthy body weight are more likely to get hired (due, of course, to unfortunate stereotypes that remain prevalent in society today.)