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Weight Loss: What are its Mental Ef fects?

Introduction  When most experts talk about weight loss, they focus on its

physical effects.  Indeed, losing weight has been linked to better heart health,

a reduction in the rate of strokes and a reduction in the risk of developing cancer.  However, many who lose weight find that the mental effects

are equally profound. Here are some of the most common mental effects seen by those who lose weight.

Confidence in Appearance ď‚— Although people often seek to separate their appearance with

their confidence, doing so completely can be difficult if not impossible. ď‚— How we are viewed by others often affects how we view

ourselves, and those who lose weight often feel better about how they look.

Confidence in Appearance ď‚— As a result, many who lose weight develop a newfound

appreciation for fashion, and those who previously stayed home on Friday and Saturday nights sometimes choose to go out a bit more often. ď‚— As a result, simply feeling better about how they look often

helps those who lose weight enjoy their free time more.

Sense of Accomplishment ď‚— Many people struggle for years or even decades before

successfully losing weight, and the accomplishment of slimming down often leads many to feel proud. ď‚— It often spurs people to take up new challenges, and many

who lose weight focus on rigorous exercise and accomplishing new goals.

Sense of Accomplishment ď‚— The confidence gained by setting and meeting goals can have

a profound effect on mental health, and those who can successfully lose weight often use this confidence to achieve other goals.

Relief From Anxiety  Those who do not struggle with their weight often think that

those who do are unconcerned about obesity's health effects.  In reality, this is far from the truth, and those who struggle

with excess weight often feel a considerable amount of anxiety.  Slimming down to a healthy weight often provides substantial

relief from anxiety, and feeling confident about your health can help you relieve anxiety in general.

Relief From Anxiety ď‚— In addition, anxiety has consistently been linked to depression,

and those who can alleviate anxiety often find their depression at least partially relieved. ď‚— People who are overweight also sometimes feel concerned for

their family members; losing a loved one is never easy, and losing a family member at a young age can be especially difficult. ď‚— By achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, those who

successfully slim down can feel confident that they will be there for their family members in the future.

Disappointment  While it is rarely spoken about, some people who lose

weight feel a bit disappointed.  Weight loss can have a profound effect on individuals, but

some expect too much.  Those who expect their lives to be changed completely

sometimes feel a sense of disappointment when they lose weight.

Disappointment ď‚— For these individuals, attacking other personal issues can help

as well, and professional therapy may be beneficial. ď‚— Still, this disappointment is often mitigated by some of the

clear advantages of losing weight, and those who are concerned about their weight should not let the possibility of minor to moderate disappointment dissuade them from pursuing their goals.

Understanding the mental effects of weight loss  

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