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Psychological Benefits to Losing Weight

Weight loss can have many benefits to your lifestyle – including more energy throughout the day, less stress on your heart and lungs, and an overall healthy feeling. Psychologically, however, there can add even more benefits. AFC Urgent Care Bedford is available for any health resources you may need. This can include weight loss information, staying healthy during flu season, or avoiding COVID-19 into 2021.

Self-Esteem Boosts

It has been understood that your self-esteem is more likely to increase if you lose weight by making lifestyle changes, as opposed to surgeries. This means that people who make changes to their daily eating and exercise habits are more likely to have high self-esteem after losing weight. Regardless of how much weight you lose, studies have found that self-esteem overall increases when losing weight.

Body Image

Of course, as you lose weight, your overall body image improves. Many people lose weight to feel healthy and to feel good about themselves. This is often the highest psychological benefit when losing weight. When people are more satisfied with the way they look, they are likely to feel happier overall.

Additionally, it may become easier to keep the weight off. Some studies have found those who lost weight see themselves being more active and getting off the couch more frequently than before. Daily walk distances are increasing, and many find themselves more interested in getting out and doing things.

Depressive Episodes

With self-esteem and overall body image increasing, it is no surprise that those who lose weight have fewer depressive episodes. In some cases, depression can cause some individuals to gain weight. By losing these extra pounds, that can impact a person’s mental health and make them feel happier and more confident. Losing weight can also help you sleep at night. In some people with depression, lack of sleep can be a common symptom. By losing weight and getting more sleep, that can contribute to feeling happier every day.

Quality of Life

As you lose weight, your life overall improves. Including all of the mentioned psychological benefits, there are a variety of physical benefits as well. By having more energy, you may be more likely to get involved in other activities or meet out with friends to do things you may not have wanted to do before. This also can increase some individual’s social needs, which can contribute to an improved quality of life. Overall, losing weight has many benefits to anyone’s lifestyle in many different ways.