The answer to this question, for many, may seem obvious. We all know why it’s important to be healthy, but it’s often difficult to remember how much better we feel when we are healthy. We often talk about the transitional phase…much like the one the weight loss challenge participants are going through right now. We had a clear cut “start date” and really worked to create a snapshot of where everyone was and how they felt at that particular time. Fast forward 8-weeks and almost 500 pounds lost, and we’re at the very end of our challenge. So, I challenge those folks, just like I’ll challenge you, to really think about how different itfeels working from one extreme towards another. It’s almost difficult to put into words. I would best describe it as a momentum that builds internally. One good decision leads to another, one compliment leads to another, and hard decisions become easier and easier to make. You find that each day brings you new energy, a new outlook, a new challenge…and best of all, you’re up for it. Unfortunately, seemingly inevitably, life will knock us off course. We just don’t always have enough momentum to push through, to perservere, to make it to the other end of the spectrum. So, naturally we revert back to old ways, return to our comfort zones and wait for that spark to jumpstart our momentum once more.
Personally, I struggle with my ability to be consistent. The quick food options are always easiest, I’m used to not sleeping as much as I should, and it can be challenging to motivate to exercise, as a result. But, deep down I know how much better I feel when I’m doing things right. The problem is that I don’t live deep down. I, too, have such a hard time remembering what it’s like when I’m at my absolute best. So, the point of this article is to really think about what being healthy, specifically losing weight, means to you. If you don’t remember how it feels to be fit and empowered, trust me, you’re not alone. But that’s not to say you can’t light that spark one more time. That’s not to say you can’t dig down deep enough to find that internal motivation somewhere. All it takes is one decision to start the process and one decision more to start building that forward momentum.
Big Benefit #1: Confidence
You may not consider it a concrete benefit, but that doesn’t stop confidence from being one of the most important perks of losing the weight. Hey, you look AND feel better, healthier, stronger. When you have increased confidence, you change how you view yourself and go about your daily routine. The world is at your fingertips and you are able to take on whatever it throws your way.
Additionally, when your confidence increases after losing a few pounds, you’re poised to keep losing. So the confidence you gain gives you what you need to lose more weight and feel even more confident. Talk about momentum!
Big Benefit #2: Money?
Here’s one you don’t think about! It may be difficult to understand how losing weight saves you money, but it happens. How? Because one of the best ways to trim pounds is to cut down on the amount of calories you consume every day. When you start eating and drinking fewer calories, you stop buying as much food. You eat out less, drink less, and cook more. It’s amazing what it can do to your budget.
Losing weight may also make it possible to stop taking certain medications. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, type-II diabetes…these are some of the heavy hitters. They’re all associated with diet and lifestyle and more importantly, they’re all segways to heart problems and other chronic, long-term (expensive) disabilties and diseases.
You don’t think of the medication as an expense because it’s for your own well being. Buying high quality, healthy food shouldn’t be one either then, right? Instead of being reactive and ending up on medication after medication, be proactive and spend the money the right way.
Momentum Boost: Here’s one I saw recently…when you lose weight, you get a boost of confidence, like we talked about. That boost of confidence will change how you handle yourself at work, helping you make the right impression on your boss and fellow employees, so you can get the promotion you want/need. Promotion = more $$! It’s all connected, but you won’t necessarily see the connections and the implications, until you’re immersed in them.
Big Benefit #3: Better Health Now (Means Better Health Later)
Go to the doctor with some sort of health condition, and unless it’s the common cold or flu, losing a few pounds can almost always help you manage the condition better. From diabetes to heart disease to joint pain, trimming the fat from your body gives you that leg up for the future.
Shedding the pounds also makes it easier to get around on your joints and easier to get out of bed in the morning. If you continue to overuse and abuse your body, this only gets harder and harder.
Big Benefit #4: Everything Tastes Better
As you settle into your new, invigorating lifestyle that includes eating healthily and working out regularly, you’ll notice something. Because you no longer overeat until you’re full, you’re cravings begin to subside. You can actually begin to enjoy and appreciate every bite that you take. As the bite sits in your mouth, you won’t swallow it before tasting or chewing. You’ll take your time and really savor the flavor.
And when you do start chewing your food and enjoying the flavors, your brain will have time to register when you’re full and cut you off before you stuff yourself with more calories than you can burn. This is especially inportant at dinner time.
Long term, with each decade you’ll experience a 10 percent reduction in metabolic rate. If you don’t retrain your brain to eat “smart” you’ll continue to eat as you always have. These patterns won’t withstand the test of time.
Big Benefit #5: It is possible
I can’t tell you how many people we’ve seen experience this overall, indescribable change, over time. It truly is a process. One of the most common things we hear is “Wow, I can’t believe I was like that”…referring to eating habits, lack of exercise, inability to be consistent. You don’t realize how far off track you’ve drifted until you begin to refocus and in some cases, redefine what it means to be healthy. Hey, it could be that you were never on the right track and that’s okay too. Our job is to give you the tools that you need to find your way back to a better life. And that all starts with how you feel, every single day. Some of you just need a little help and motivation along the way. Some of you need a whole restructuring. If you’re unsure, schedule a consultation. What do you have to los