When we think of losing weight and the benefits it entails, we mostly associate it with physical changes and what we see when we look in the mirror. But for many people, the motivation and even the best reward is the other benefits that come from losing those extra pounds.
If you’re finding yourself trying to lose weight and budge those last few pounds, use these 6 things as an extra boost:
Imagine not feeling out of breath when you reached the top of the stairs and not feeling lazy and lethargic all the time. Imagine having lots of energy when you wake up in the morning and not hitting that mid afternoon slump where you just want to take a nap and leave the office a few hours early. Improving your diet, exercising more and losing weight all result in increased energy levels, which make you feel better overall and have a positive effect on your motivation levels. Increased motivation pushes you to keep going, letting you lose more weight, regain back more energy, and the cycle continues!
Whether it’s because your breathing improves, your circulation and heart health improve or just because you are expanding more calories and exercising more so you are tired out at night, your quality of sleep greatly improves when you lose weight. You sleep better, go to bed tired (but not exhausted) and then wake up rested and ready to take on the day with loads more energy than you used to have. Check out how sleeping more can actually help you lose weight!
Instead of doing everything you can to avoid mirrors and prevent yourself from having to look into them, your newfound self and improved image will leave you stopping at the mirror and staring at that hot girl on the other side. And you should do just that. Look in the mirror and remind yourself that you’re beautiful, that you’ve come a long way, worked hard and are well on your way to getting to where you want to go. Stop the negative behaviours in their tracks when they have a tendency to creep up and instead, build up your confidence and watch it soar!
This new found confidence will leave you way more ambitious and adventurous than you used to be. You’ll be saying yes to things that may have usually made you nervous or situations you may have typically avoided and you’ll be seeking out to do things you never used to want to do. Use this new state of mind to your advantage, to take on challenges that you used to be too scared to tackle before and ride this energy through to finish your next accomplishment.
Losing weight means not only that you can finally fit into that dress that you have been wanting to for so long, but it also means you can feel more comfortable in all your clothes. No more bulges around your waist in places you don’t want them to be (goodbye muffin top!), or shirts fitting too tight in the chest. Instead, clothes feel comfortable, you feel more confident wearing them, and you even get to buy some new ones!
Eating better, losing weight and cleaning up your diet all result sin fewer toxins in your body, and help lead to better skin. Many people find when they are putting healthy, nutrients dense foods in their body that contain fewer sugars and processed ingredients that their skin no longer exhibits the effects of a poor diet either. Instead, pimples and acne decrease, skin rashes or dry patches dissipate and overall skin health improves.