Understanding the mental effects of weight loss


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Understanding the mental effects of weight loss

  1. 1. Weight Loss: What are itsMental Effects?
  2. 2. IntroductionWhen most experts talk about weight loss, they focus on itsphysical effects.Indeed, losing weight has been linked to better heart health,a reduction in the rate of strokes and a reduction in the riskof developing cancer.However, many who lose weight find that the mental effectsare equally profound. Here are some of the most commonmental effects seen by those who lose weight.
  3. 3. Confidence in AppearanceAlthough people often seek to separate their appearance withtheir confidence, doing so completely can be difficult if notimpossible.How we are viewed by others often affects how we viewourselves, and those who lose weight often feel better abouthow they look.
  4. 4. Confidence in AppearanceAs a result, many who lose weight develop a newfoundappreciation for fashion, and those who previously stayedhome on Friday and Saturday nights sometimes choose to goout a bit more often.As a result, simply feeling better about how they look oftenhelps those who lose weight enjoy their free time more.
  5. 5. Sense of AccomplishmentMany people struggle for years or even decades beforesuccessfully losing weight, and the accomplishment ofslimming down often leads many to feel proud. It often spurs people to take up new challenges, and manywho lose weight focus on rigorous exercise andaccomplishing new goals.
  6. 6. Sense of AccomplishmentThe confidence gained by setting and meeting goals can havea profound effect on mental health, and those who cansuccessfully lose weight often use this confidence to achieveother goals.
  7. 7. Relief From AnxietyThose who do not struggle with their weight often think thatthose who do are unconcerned about obesitys health effects.In reality, this is far from the truth, and those who strugglewith excess weight often feel a considerable amount ofanxiety.Slimming down to a healthy weight often providessubstantial relief from anxiety, and feeling confident aboutyour health can help you relieve anxiety in general.
  8. 8. Relief From AnxietyIn addition, anxiety has consistently been linked to depression,and those who can alleviate anxiety often find their depression atleast partially relieved.People who are overweight also sometimes feel concerned fortheir family members; losing a loved one is never easy, and losinga family member at a young age can be especially difficult.By achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, those whosuccessfully slim down can feel confident that they will be therefor their family members in the future.
  9. 9. DisappointmentWhile it is rarely spoken about, some people who loseweight feel a bit disappointed.Weight loss can have a profound effect on individuals, butsome expect too much.Those who expect their lives to be changed completelysometimes feel a sense of disappointment when they loseweight.
  10. 10. DisappointmentFor these individuals, attacking other personal issues can helpas well, and professional therapy may be beneficial.Still, this disappointment is often mitigated by some of theclear advantages of losing weight, and those who areconcerned about their weight should not let the possibility ofminor to moderate disappointment dissuade them frompursuing their goals.