Weight loss can not only make a person healthier and happier, it has been found to do a lot more. It boosts a person’s confidence, makes one feel better, and also makes one feel more active. However, there are a few surprising side effects of weight loss which are mentioned below.
1. You Can Recognize Faces Better
Weight loss can improve your memory and help you eliminate those awkward moments at dinner parties, get-togethers, and business meetings. When overweight women shed pounds after six months of dieting, those areas of the brain that help in identifying faces, become more active and help the brain become better equipped to store information and new memories. This means that shedding weight also help a person recognize people when they meet after a long time.
2. You Can Save More Money
You must remember that not all junk foods are cheap and of course, they are unhealthy. When you stop eating junk, you will save at least $600 every year because you will let go off those sugary, soda cans as well. You will save more when you stop eating ice-creams as well. No matter how cheap fries you buy, an apple will always be cheaper and healthier.
3. You Can Earn More
It might seem like a myth, but it’s true! Losing weight can increase the flow of cash in your account as well. Researchers at the University of Florida have found that women who weigh at least 25 pounds more than average, tend to earn $13,847 less than any other female employees who are of normal weight. In fact, in a 25-year career, this yearly loss adds up to $389,300, which is quite a lot of money. So, you see how shedding weight is a financial improvement as well.
4. You Feel Happier
You will surely feel happy when you see a smaller number on the weighing scale, but there is more to it. A few researchers at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands have conducted a study on obese and overweight people. They have found that these people are more prone to episodes of clinical depression. However, they have also found that depression also makes people overweight and leads to obesity.
5. Your Brain Gets Sharper
Excess body fat has been found to weigh down our brains too, a study in the journal Neurology has revealed. Researchers have found that the cognitive abilities of people who weigh more than average experience a 22.5 percent decline faster than those who weigh normal over the course of ten years.
6. Your Skin Becomes Healthier
A review in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has revealed that obesity can lead to uncomfortable and unsightly skin conditions, which include excessive production of sebum and changes in collagen structure, wound healing, and skin barrier function. Obesity increases the risk of skin infections as well, and leads to psoriasis, excessive hair growth, and impacts hormone levels as well.
7. You Sleep Better
When a person becomes obese, they suffer from sleep apnea, which is a condition of interrupted-breathing sleep disorder. This happens because of extra body fat collected in the upper body that impedes respiratory function. When sleep gets impacted, people tend to weigh more. People who sleep less than five hours a night also get overweight, according to a study conducted by Case Western Reserve University.
8. You See More Clearly
According to a review in the Survey of Ophthalmology, obesity can also lead to cataract problems, glaucoma, and other eyesight problems. This happens due to the fact that obesity can increase the ocular pressure, which is a risk factor for glaucoma. Being overweight can also lead to oxidative damage, which results in worsening of one’s vision.