5 Ways Weight Loss Can Positively Impact Your Mental Health

5 Ways Weight Loss Can Positively Impact Your Mental Health

Millions across the United States struggle with weight loss, annually. In fact, studies reveal that the percentage of Americans who suffer from obesity has increased from just over 30 percent to over 40 percent between the years 2000 to 2017. Being overweight or obese increases the risks of health conditions like osteoarthritis, cardiovascular illness, sleep apnea, as well as type 2 diabetes. 

Still, losing weight is not only good for your physical health, but it’s good for your soul, too. Even losing as little as five to 10 percent of your body weight can significantly impact your mental health. 

Here are 5 ways that weight loss can benefit your state of mind.

1. Increases Self Esteem & Confidence

Unfortunately, most who are overweight struggle with body positivity, and this ultimately affects their self-esteem and confidence. Many who are obese and overweight have a negative self-image, so losing weight can often make them feel better about their appearance. When you can once again fit into your old favorite clothes, this creates a sense of accomplishment, especially when you hit your weight loss targets. 

2. A Good Night’s Rest = A Clear, Calm Mind

A terrible night’s sleep can be felt throughout the day. You are tired, sluggish, and can’t give 100% to work or family life activities. Still, if you are not getting enough sleep on an ongoing basis, this affects both your weight and mind. In fact, research reveals that overweight and obese individuals have a poorer quality of sleep overall, versus people with an average body mass index (BMI). Fewer hours of shut-eye each night also increases the chances of common sleep issues like sleep apnea, back pain, and acid reflux. Interestingly, those sleep conditions are also closely linked to overweight and obese individuals. As such, losing weight will help you sleep better. 

It’s important to note that better sleep is also connected to a decrease in irritability and fatigue, which is linked closely to those who suffer from depression. 

3. Decreases Depression Symptoms & Overall Stress

Speaking of, depression and stress have also been closely connected to obesity and being overweight. Some turn to comfort food when dealing with depression or stress, causing an increase in weight gain. Excessive weight also increases the risks of many chronic conditions, which can also cause depression, enhance stress, and lead to other mental health issues. 

4. Gives You A Boost Of Energy

Feeling better about yourself, plus sleeping better, will also give you an extra boost of energy to tackle more things throughout the day. This may also mean you’ll not only be able to get through your work week at the office but also add some exercise to your daily routine, which will also increase energy levels.

5. Reduces Social Anxiety

Many obese and overweight individuals suffer from social anxiety. At times, they feel like they are being judged, and if they’ve ever received negative comments about their body while out and about at a social gathering, those words can live rent-free in their minds for years to come.  Unfortunately, they may dread and avoid getting together with colleagues, friends, and family because of this. The good news is that losing weight can help reduce social anxiety, giving you the confidence to get out there and live your best life. Whether it’s heading to a friend’s party, a night out on the town, or the beach, you’ll look forward to seeing and catching up with family and loved ones.

At SWIFTSlim, we believe that your weight loss dreams can become reality, with the right program. This is why our team is dedicated to understanding the health and wellness goals of our patients, to ensure success; not only for your body to feel better, but your mind, as well. 
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