8 Surprising Health Reasons to Lose Weight

Pretty much any type of weight loss usually results in a positive self-image and a new zest for life.  However, while the value of beauty and the perks of having good self-esteem cannot be discounted; current research indicates that losing weight is good for your health.

The following are ways in which losing weight can be beneficial to your health:

Say Goodbye to Your Allergies and Asthma Attacks

Initially, it may be difficult to fathom that there  may be some correlation between a reduction in weight and allergies, but according to Michael Wald, MD, a renowned medical expert, any excessive weight gain can actually cause allergy problems. Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that weight gain can make asthma attacks worse. Dr. Wald affirms that an increase in weight or too much weight, forces the adrenal glands do much more work than they are designed for and if the adrenal glands are forced into overdrive, then they cannot effectively manage asthma and allergies; a recipe for disaster.  Additionally, obesity adds pressure to the lungs and that is likely to make asthma worse.

Rid Yourself of Achy Feet8 Surprising Health Reasons to Lose Weight

It is quite logical to suggest, that any reduction in weight will literally take a load off your feet, because after all, they bear your entire body weight. According to current research, individuals who reduced their weight by more than 80 pounds after undergoing invasive weight loss procedures, saw a reduction in the intensity and frequency of foot pain. In fact, 83 percent of respondents actually felt less foot pain. So if you want to part with those agonizingly achy feet,  try shedding those pounds and you will see quick results.

Healthy Looking  Skin

Well Dr. Wald says it best, (and being the one with the medical expertise and insight, I think  it is good advice.) He maintains that obesity can have a negative impact on the skin, while  adhering to a good diet and healthy eating habits usually result in healthy looking skin. He maintains that eating too many carbs and fructose can cause your skin to be pale, blotchy and unevenly toned. Nutrition is definitely linked to skin health and dark circles around the eyes usually indicate a lack of iron, protein anemia, diabetes, psychological pressures or a myriad of health problems. 

Relieve Arthritis Pain

A decrease in weight can also result in a reduction of arthritis pain. Arthritis occurs when the body becomes inflamed and a series of clinical trials have shown that a reduction in weight relieves arthritis pain. In fact, a medical study of 87 senior citizens has shown that the individuals who managed to significantly reduce their weight, saw a significant reduction in their arthritis pain. While those who did not, still exhibited the symptoms. So, if arthritis appears to be bothering you and you are overweight, then the solution is possibly weight reduction.

Improve Your Mood

8 Surprising Health Reasons to Lose WeightObesity can really affect your body and throw it off course. Quite remarkably, obesity can affect the chemicals that affect your mood, so a reduction in weight can improve your self-image and the way you feel. In fact, weight reduction can help fight depression and could very well be termed one of the natural antidotes that may do you a world of good. Interestingly, Pre-Menstrual Symptoms can also be relieved by weight loss, because any reduction in weight will improve the regulation of hormones.

Bring Out Your Inner Elephant/ Boost Your Memory

If you want to sharpen your memory and stay ahead of the game, then lose the weight and watch your memory improve. According to current research findings, people who lose weight actually remember more over time. In a study of 150 individuals, the 109 who underwent invasive weight loss procedures, exhibited significant improvement in memory after 84 weeks of observation. While the 41 individuals who maintained their initial weight, really did not show any improvement at all. So if you want to improve your memory, here’s a solution you should consider.

Get a Blissful Night’s Rest

Well everyone needs restful sleep and if you are overweight, then a reduction in weight could be your best bet. Studies indicate that weight loss can result in a good night’s rest and it could counter the effects of sleep apnea. As a matter of fact, a recent study of 264 sleep apnea patients has shown that the individuals who lost weight saw a 50% reduction  in their condition, while the others, who did not lose weight, saw no change. This is great news, in light of the fact that this condition can be fatal.  

Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Studies have repeatedly shown that weight reduction can result in a complete reversal of Type 2 Diabetes. In fact, 83 percent were able to eliminate type 2 diabetes in one study and in another, 11 participants saw a regulation of their sugar and insulin levels within a week.