You probably already know that being overweight can lead to health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Losing weight, thereby, lowers the risk of developing these, and other, conditions. However, there are added benefits of losing weight you might not be aware of. From better sex to a more rewarding career, the benefits of dropping excess pounds are more numerous than you probably imagined.
Here are five unexpected perks to losing weight.
You’ll Have Better Sex
That’s right. Try all the magazine sex tips you want, but you’ll probably find dropping extra weight is the solution you’ve been looking for. It would be obvious to say that getting fit will boost your self-image and increase your confidence in the bedroom. Moreover, that is true. Feeling like you look good naked is never a bad thing when it comes to sex, but the benefits of weight loss go beyond that. Those who are overweight or obese are far more likely to have comorbidities, such as metabolic syndromes. As you lose weight, your hormones become more balanced, and your libido naturally increases to normal levels.
You’ll Earn More Money
No, it’s not fair and is a form of discrimination, but research has shown that those who are overweight earn an average of 2.5% less than their average weight counterparts. They’re also less likely to get a promotion or a raise. Ouch. It’s even worse for overweight women. While this is partly due to inherent biases against overweight people, it is also due in part to confidence against them. Those who exude confidence and bravado are more likely to get the raise, and weight loss is one way to get the self-confidence you need to go after what you want.
You’ll Get Better Sleep
While your weight and the amount of sleep you get may seem unrelated, it’s been shown that those who maintain a healthy weight get better and more restful sleep. This is often due to the fact that overweight people are more likely to suffer from snoring and sleep apnea, a disorder which causes a person to stop breathing for short periods throughout the night. In many cases, sufferers wake up multiple times a night to catch their breaths (generally without even realizing it). These constant wakeups take a toll on getting a restful night’s sleep. Losing as little as 5% of your body weight can reduce nighttime waking and lead to better sleep.
Your Allergies May Disappear
Suffering from seasonal allergies? They may vanish once your weight is at a healthy level. Although being overweight isn’t directly linked to autoimmunity (the cause of most allergic reactions), it does put extra strain on your respiratory system and adrenals, which can make existing allergy symptoms worse. You may find that being at a healthy weight allows your body to cope with seasonal allergies more efficiently, resulting in a reduction in symptoms.
Your Skin May Improve
Being overweight is linked to common skin issues, such as discoloration and skin tags. These problems are more closely related to a diet high in carbohydrates and excess sugar, both of which are typically reduced in those who are losing weight. Those who are overweight are also less likely to be adequately hydrated, something which can be a nightmare for your complexion.