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5 Emotional Benefits Of Losing Weight

Losing weight is not always easy, but when you put in the hard work, there are lots of benefits to enjoy. Besides feeling healthier, you are likely to reap some emotional benefits as well. These include:

A sense of belonging

It can be difficult to feel comfortable in your own skin with constant staring and comments and snubs from strangers, colleagues and family members, considering that excess weight is not as easily concealed as other conditions. Being treated this way can create an atmosphere of shame and make social situations uncomfortable. Losing weight can mean an end to such stigmatisation and false perceptions, allowing people to see the individual you truly are.

A sense of calm

It has been shown repeatedly that being overweight is associated with a marked increase in social anxiety. Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of additional health problems that are not necessarily associated the extra body weight itself. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. These hormones can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. The hormones also cause physical reactions such as dizziness, fatigue, headaches, irritability, muscle tension and more. Losing weight allows individuals to relax back into their old personalities and lets them reconnect with those around them – thereby decreasing anxiety and restoring a sense of calm.

Improved body image

Body image involves subjective self-perceptions about your physical appearance and is forged out of the reactions of others and your own observations about yourself. Losing weight has the potential to improve individual negative perceptions about physical appearance. The moment you don't feel the need to cover up your body with baggy clothing, confidence levels rise and make you feel a renewed sense of pride in yourself.

A renewed connection with a community

Overweight individuals tend to shy away from contact with a community. However, once you start reaching out, you’ll quickly find that there is a whole community of people who’ve gone through the same thing. When you share your weight loss journey with others, you immediately become part of a group of people who have walked a similar path. A strong community benefits the individual, the community as well as the greater society. People of all ages who feel a sense of belonging tend to lead happier and healthier lives, and strong communities create a more stable and supportive society.

A more positive outlook on life

A positive attitude leads to happiness and success, which can change your whole life. If you look at the bright side of life, your whole life becomes filled with positive energy. This energy affects not only you and the way you look at the world, but it also your environment and the people around you. You become an inspiring individual who expect success and learns from failure; it gives you the strength to persevere when you encounter obstacles and you learn to view problems as blessings in disguise. Once you start believing in yourself and your abilities you start to look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems, which allows you to recognise and act on opportunities that come your way.

See? How amazing does that sound? Don’t you think it’s about time you love yourself enough to lose the weight and regain your zest for life? Don’t waste another second – find out more about the Slender Wonder medical weight loss programme today.

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