By Saiyed M. Fauzan Ali
Sure, we all know the potential risks that are linked with carrying those extra pounds of fat – like a higher possibility of cardiovascular diseases, liver function failure and impending risk of developing diabetes. But do we know the positives of losing fat? There are numerous benefits to weight loss that are enough incentive for you to commit to slimming down. So, before we make that New Year’s weight loss resolution, let’s have a look at the 5 most important positives of living the fitness life.
- Pain-Less Knees
Knee pain is synonymous to trouble. It’s a common source of lasting pain and a whole lot of men and women deal with it every day. Although, it is not very common, somewhere or somehow obesity plays its role. The correlation? According to a study published by Kelly Santangelo and others, obesity has a significant role in the promotion of joint inflammation, chronic pain, and cartilage destruction within the local knee joint environment. Hence, it contributes to the development of osteoarthritis (Santangelo, et al., 2016). The Bottom Line: Lose fat and save your knees.
- Amped-up Sex Drive
Studies have proved that obesity has a significant role in the decline of testosterone levels. Men with a five-point increase in their BMI or who put on a few extra pounds have reported a testosterone level which is comparable to a man who is a decade older (Cooper, et al., 2015). Similarly, another study reported that men with abdominal obesity have a higher occurrence of erectile dysfunction, testosterone deficiency syndrome and metabolic syndrome (Fillo, et al., 2017). A common decrease in the testosterone is not linked with aging but with weight gain or obesity. However, it can be reversed through fat loss and fitness exercises. Lifestyle modifications such as changing the form of diet paired with aerobic exercises can help increase the serum testosterone levels and maintain the systolic blood pressure which not only increases the stamina but it also affects sexual readiness.
- Healthy Brain
Visceral fat, which is the abdominal fat that covers the organs — contain cells that release chemicals harmful to the brain. Even thin people can have visceral fat, and the greater the amount of it, the smaller will be the brain. Hence, it is linked to poor cognitive function and a potential risk of dementia (Widya, et al., 2015). A low-calorie diet paired with high-intensity training or high-intensity sports can help reduce visceral fat as the body will rely on visceral stores to fuel the exercise thus reducing the fat percentage.
- Happier Outlook
Obesity often leads to anxiety and distress, which in turn leads to antidepressant drugs and thus leading to more weight gain. It’s a vicious cycle. Moreover, a poor diet with empty calories can result in mood swings, to which any person coming down from a sugar rampage can attest. However, losing just a tiny amount of fat can help balance the hormones, and lift your mood. With that said, if you have been experiencing depression or anxiety — no matter the reason — commit yourself to an intense workout. Dedicate yourself to beautifying your body — trust me, you will not only love the new you, but you will also feel enlightened.
- Glowing Skin
We all know that a healthy diet which is intended to help you lose fat will also have other positive effects on your body. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts which are now a part of your new daily diet will not only reduce body fat percentage but will also help enhance your skin and eyes.
A regular fitness activity is the most successful way of improving health. However, physical activity does not always mean dedicating yourself to intense workout sessions and athletic achievements like bodybuilders or marathon runners. You don’t need to go to such lengths to reap the benefits of a fitness lifestyle. Changing the form of your diet, and adding a few minutes of physical activity like a moderate workout session or morning cardio each day will result in some awesome benefits. Naturally, as you adapt to the new lifestyle, and gradually increase the amount of your activity, you are going to witness some amazing changes in yourself. Moreover, your family, friends, and loved ones are also going to be inspired by the new and improved you.
Until next time, keep on inspiring because that’s exactly what you were born to do.
Cooper, L.A., et al., 2015. The association of obesity with sex hormone‐binding globulin is stronger than the association with aging–implications for the interpretation of total testosterone measurements. Clinical Endocrinology, 83(6), pp.828-833
Fillo, J., et al., 2017. Importance of different grades of abdominal obesity on testosterone level, erectile dysfunction, and clinical coincidence. American journal of men’s health, 11(2), pp.240-245
Santangelo, K.S., et al., 2016. Pathophysiology of obesity on knee joint homeostasis: contributions of the infrapatellar fat pad. Hormone molecular biology and clinical investigation, 26(2), pp.97-108
Widya, R.L., et al., 2015. Visceral adipose tissue is associated with microstructural brain tissue damage. Obesity, 23(5), pp.1092-1096
– Saiyed M. Fauzan Ali is an MBA/M. Phil specialized in Supply Chain Management and a Certified LSS (USA). The Author has worked in the past as a research analyst and a critical reviewer. He is the founder of The Health Sphere and a fitness and writing enthusiast. You can follow the author on Instagram @saiyedfauzan or visit his Linkedin Profile
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