5 surprising reasons to lose weight

Jan 12 2017 - 3:25pm

If you have ever been on a journey to lose weight, you know it takes hard work and dedication to achieve your goals, but there are five surprising reasons that may motivate you.

Weight loss is a $20 billion industry, and it is not going away anytime soon. Despite all of the ads marketing various weight loss products, the main focus is mostly on the numbers. The advertisements want you to know how much weight you will lose with their products, but they do not always tell you the cascade of positive effects losing weight will have on other areas of your life beyond the bathroom scale.

Below are five long-term positive effects losing weight will have on your body and your life:

1. You will feel better physically and emotionally

You have heard people say they feel lighter after releasing stress, and the same idea applies to weight loss. Of course you feel lighter, because you are lighter, but it is more than a physical sensation. When you lose weight, your body functions better, and your brain can process information with more clarity because you have shifted your metabolism enough to allow nutrients to be better absorbed. This leads to more energy, stamina and an increased ability to participate in activities with friends and family.

When you feel better about your body, you have more confidence, and your mood improves as well. Losing weight can make you happier, not because you look good in your high school clothes, but because of how you feel emotionally.

2. You will be supporting your family to develop good habits

While many people believe diseases like obesity and diabetes are genetic, another factor to consider is lifestyle. If multiple people in the same family who eat their meals together have diabetes, it is possible that poor eating habits are the cause rather than bad genes. This does not mean people are not prone to diseases because of their genes, but there are multiple factors that can contribute to a person’s poor health.

It has been shown that people who have healthier habits are less likely to experience disease. However, developing these healthy habits begins at home and starts with the kitchen table. This is why prevention is considered the best medicine, and more programs are focusing on helping families.

In an effort to tackle this issue at the root, the Healthy Legacy Program created by Rush University works to create a legacy of good health by providing classes for women that teach them how to make healthy lifestyle choices. The program focuses on women because they are usually the ones who make the health decisions for the family.

3. You will release toxins stored in your fat cells

In today’s world, exposure to chemical toxins is almost unavoidable unless you live in a bubble. Often called persistent organic pollutants, they are common in the food supply and environment. Due to the constant exposure to various types of chemicals, your body stores these toxins in fat cells to keep them far away from your vital organs.

The last thing you want is for these toxins to remain in your system. However, when you lose weight, the toxins are released back into your system. While this toxin release will be beneficial in the end, you will want to move them out of your system as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you will feel tired, irritable, and you may stop losing weight. Research shows that an anti-inflammatory diet filled with antioxidants can help this process.

4. You will be an inspiration to your family