Need a little more motivation to live a healthy lifestyle? Here’s a great post by guest blogger, Sharon Freeman, about the mental benefits of losing a few pounds.
A toned and lean body is as desirable as sipping cocktails on a tropical island while watching the sunset. It increases our general health, well-being and self- confidence in any setting like a blind date or a job interview. A person who is fit and content within their body usually doesn’t struggle to walk through life. They are often noticed and appreciated as they emit a consistent aura of health and happiness.
The Negative Effects of Obesity
Obesity is not just a physical body issue. It doesn’t only prompt severe health issues such as diabetes, heart problems, joint problems and other associated conditions; it also has a severe impact on psychological well-being. With a society built on physical attractiveness and an expected frame of a matchstick, it is inevitable that those carrying even a few extra kilos will be judged harshly. Many people struggle to maintain enough confidence to walk down the street, apply for a job or introduce themselves to someone with a romantic interest.
A 1991 study showed how people with obesity perceive themselves. The results show that 80% of severely obese people:
- Perceive themselves as physically unattractive
- Believe that others make disparaging comments about their weight
- Dislike being seen in public
- Feel discrimination when applying for jobs
- Feel they are treated disrespectfully by their physician
These factors all contribute in cases like severe depression and anxiety.
Impact on Self-Esteem
For obese people, the only way is to get fit and healthy. For those who wish to get onto the right track, they should ignore the photo-shopped girls on the covers of fashion magazines and focus on the physical benefits of exercising regularly. Eating well and consistent exercise will lead to a more desirable body and significant increase in confidence levels. People who lose their excess weight will find themselves more comfortable and at ease in social situations. They tend to stop judging themselves and like what they see in the mirror.
Finding a New High
It is common knowledge that exercise discharges endorphins – the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals. In addition to endorphins, exercise also releases adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals assist in creating a feeling of elation after a run or vigorous workout. This natural high will prevent anyone from turning to food every time a feeling of frustration or depression arises. Even ten minutes of exercise will emit these ‘feel good’ chemicals that improve moods and decrease body fatigue.
A Tool for Romance
People who suffer from obesity tend to shy away from social situations that may put them in a good position to meet someone romantically. Some obese people believe that their weight immediately eliminates any chance of love and attention. As a result, they incline to isolate themselves publicly. Losing a few kilos may improve one’s confidence levels and allow them a lot of things – freedom and courage to flirt and converse with poise and humour.
About the Author
Sharon Freeman is a freelancer who makes her living by writing and blogging online. She has worked with a number of different businesses in the nutrition and medical weight loss niche such as http://drgsweightloss.com.au/
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