5 Benefits of Finding Your Best Weight
“Since 1980, the obesity rate has doubled in 73 countries and increased in 113 others. And, in all that time, no nation has reduced its obesity rate. Not one.” (Michael Hobbes)
That is a startling statistic but not necessarily an unexpected one. Most of us, particularly as we have aged, have wanted to lose a few pounds for whatever personal reasons. The good news? “Some studies show that just a 5 to 10 percent decrease in your weight can change your health.” In my own case, I have lost 36 pounds in 11 months and am working toward losing just five more pounds.
You have accepted as “gospel” that losing weight is a positive goal. That said, the image that you have of professional athletes or media models should not be the ideal. Each of us has a specific body type and the goal is to be the best “YOU” that you can be. When it comes to your best weight, what does that mean? It is the weight at which you feel better and allows you to accomplish your weight goals.
There are many benefits to attaining the best weight for you, but below are my Fave Five that will inspire you to be achieve your ideal weight.
Increased Energy Levels
The single most important benefit is the improvement you will see in the amount of energy you have to apply to your day-to-day living. If you’re reading this, I’m certain that you feel like you have lost the energy of your youthful self. As you begin to lose weight over time, you will start to notice that you sleep better and feel more rested.
You will begin to feel like you can go for a walk, take a bike ride, or actually use that gym membership that you pay for but don’t use. In my case, I began to think about and then do new outdoor adventures (as I did when I was younger). Literally, you will feel renewed and more, “light-on-your-feet.”
Positive Self Image
One of the deepest negative impacts of weight gain is not feeling good about yourself. This is more than just how you feel about how you look. It’s the negative feelings you experience about your commitment to yourself.
As you see results in your weight goals, you will experience a rise in your positive thoughts about your self-worth and self-care. Rising positive feelings will create a positive feedback loop that will help you stay focused on your goals. Your new positive self-image will benefit all aspects of your life as you confidently embrace each day.
Increased Ability to Exercise
Weight loss decreases stress on your body’s structure. Joints, tendons, and ligaments will more easily handle your day-to-day needs and begin to repair itself when necessary. Weight loss will also allow you to increase your activity levels and you can eventually begin an exercise program. Your exercise program should reflect your interests and lifestyle.
For me, I have been able to renew my outdoor athletic endeavors. I have become active enough to begin hiking to the summits of Colorado’s 14ers (Peaks that have a summit elevation greater than 14,00’). This entails hiking uphill for as many as 5 hours uphill at altitude to reach the top and then return to the trailhead for a round trip of 8 or more hours of strenuous exercise!
As my strength and stamina have improved, I have begun to plan more ambitious outdoor projects with the attitude my goals are limited only by my imagination. You can do the same thing!
Improved Cognitive Function
This is on my list as I’m a (cough, cough) more mature adult (age-wise that is…). Fatigue associated with carrying excess weight results in a mental fog for everyone. Feeling “light-on-your-feet” applies to your cognitive abilities as well as your physical ones. Becoming more agile physically has a metal component. As you grow closer to your ideal weight, you will feel the fog lifting from your mental processes.
You will rediscover the access to your memory, find that your analytical processor is not broken, and see that your extrapolation and synthesis machines are once again operable. Your brain will become quicker and more attuned with your environments. Combined with your positive self-image, you will find yourself engaging better with the world around you.
Improved General Health
Weight loss of as little as 3-5% can result in many general health benefits. Ideal weight decreases your risk of diabetes, lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, and lowers the risk of heart disease. Weight loss improves mobility (and the ability to exercise) and decreases joint pain.
The benefits do not stop there. Blood sugar levels improve, stroke risk decreases, and some report a reduction of back pain (Malia Frey). These improvements coupled with improved self-image creates a positive life energy upward spiral and now you have that knowledge. Don’t you want to have a limitless life where your health & wellness are your highest priority?
QUESTION JUST FOR YOU: What is stopping you today from maintaining your ideal weight?
Please leave your answer in the comment section below.
As always, be free, live well, and love your life!