Unexpected Benefits of Weight Loss
Obesity and being overweight is related to an increased chance of developing countless illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer, so it’s no surprise that the desire to be healthy is the number one reason why 73% of Americans want to lose weight. While there are some obvious benefits to losing weight and exercising, such as looking and feeling better, there are also some more surprising outcomes that may not be expected but are usually just as welcomed.
Better sex life
There are many reasons why people find that their sex lives improve once they lose some weight, from increased sexual desire to better sexual functioning. One study from North Dakota State University in 2019 tracked 2,000 people who had bariatric surgery and lost weight. They reported many sexual-related benefits, including fewer health-related limitations and greater satisfaction. Weight loss often comes with a confidence boost, which can be a great help in the bedroom department. For men, weight loss can improve erectile dysfunction problems, which affects around half of all men at some point in their lives. This is because obesity lowers testosterone levels, so weight loss can increase it. If exercise is part of the weight loss regime, increased blood flow can also help with erectile dysfunction.
Relief from asthma symptoms
There are plenty of people who are an ideal weight with asthma, but the CDC says that people with a BMI of 30 or higher have a significantly increased risk of asthma and the severity of it can be worse than those with a lower BMI. This is partly because of weight being carried around the midsection as this can reduce lung function, making it harder to breathe. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, Allergies, and Immunology says that losing just 10 pounds can often make a huge difference. People who exercise to lose weight or lose weight to be able to work out better will also improve their symptoms as research shows that regular exercise leads to better asthma management. Asthmatics trying to lose weight should build up their stamina with short bursts of activity with rest in between, such as racquet sports, as this is better for them than being constantly on the go.
Improved memory and other cognitive functions
As people age, they can find that they forget things more, have brain fog, or just aren’t as sharp as they once were. However, it may not be aging that’s the cause as people often slowly gain weight with age, which can be the real reason for cognitive problems. One study published in the Obesity journal found that people who had weight loss surgery and went from a BMI of 47 to 31 over the course of two years had significant improvements to their memory. Bariatric surgery also lowers inflammation in the body and insulin resistance, both of which can affect cognitive function, which researchers believe could be achieved without surgery too.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising to lose weight is the best way to achieve better health, which comes with lots of added, unexpected bonuses that all make it well worth the journey.