Surprising Benefits of Weight Loss

Get rid of your “fat pants” for good, because once you get a hold of these bonus perks of weight loss, there’s no going back. After month and months of pounding the pavement, pumping iron, and saying no to happy hour, you’ve finally lost that stubborn gut. Congrats! We’re sure you feel more confident about your appearance and just feel better period.

Better Sleep:

Snoozing probably helped you lose more weight in the first place, but as a result of your weight loss you’ll actually get better quality sleep now. Research shows that losing 5 percent of your body weight can help you sleep better and longer throughout the night. What’s more, ridding your body of excess fat can also help alleviate sleep apnea and snoring.

Better Hormonal Balance:

When you think of hormones, your teenage years may spring to mind, but they play a role in more than just your burgeoning sex drive during puberty. Your thyroid gland makes and releases two very important hormones which regulate your metabolism and can also affect muscle strength among other things. When you rid your body of excess fat your hormones steady and as a result it’s easier for you to maintain or even further your weight loss, says Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition.

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Better Mood:

Committing to the gym may have pushed your body to the place it is now, but it also enhanced your mental fitness. Working out releases feel good chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for that high you feel post workout. They interact with the receptors in your brain, reducing your perception of pain and deliver a positive feeling in the body similar to that of morphine.

Less Joint Pain:

Your joints already take a beating from everyday wear and tear—extra weight hanging around on your midsection only makes matters worse. Simply put, the less you weigh the less your skeletal frame and joints have to support, which translates into less joint pain.

Clearer Brighter Skin:

You may have started your healthy routine with the sole intention of slimming down, but an added bonus of your weight loss journey surfaces in the form of glowing skin. You can attribute your new complexion to the uptick in nutrients from all those fruits and veggies you’re likely eating and also to all that sweat literally pushing the junk out of your pores, encouraging greater detoxification, per Smith. Just make sure to wash your face regularly after your cardio session to avoid unwanted acne and clogged pores.

Your Significant Other Might Weight Loss Too:

Ever feel inspired (or guilty) by your partner’s incessant need to wake up at 5 a.m. to hit the gym and their refusal to grab chips or pasta when they run to the store? Well if you haven’t, then your partner may be the one feeling that push from you simply by bearing witness to your own transformation. If you’ve been successful at losing weight and continue to live a healthier lifestyle, chances are your significant other will follow suit, says Smith. If not, perhaps your parents, siblings, or close friends will feel motivated to whip their own butt into gear.

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