What Are the Mental Health Benefits of Weight Loss?

Most of us understand that losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle will improve many of our typical health problems. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and the ever present aches and pains like lower back pain. What can get lost in the mix is how losing weight affects our mental health. That’s pretty important too. Let’s delve into the mental health benefits of weight loss.

Life Is Better When You Carry Less

Your overall sense of well being improves with weight loss. You are happier, and you choose to approach each day with positive anticipation. This is diametrically opposed to those who are overweight who become depressed and face each day with a sense of dread. Losing weight will lower your risk of depression.

With weight loss you feel “lighter” in more ways than just physical.

Improved Self Esteem

When you feel better about yourself and your appearance, you will venture out and do things you would have never tried before. You may join a local group or even participate in a sport.

You may become more assertive at work and volunteer opinions during meetings. You may jump at new projects. 

Your new found confidence will encourage you to enjoy social situations instead of isolating yourself. With each new acquaintance and friend, your self esteem grows.

Shopping Becomes Fun Again

Clothes are suddenly appealing again. You can’t wait to go out and find something new to showcase your new slim figure. Every time you put on a pair of jeans with a smaller number, it’s exhilarating. 

Maybe you even feel younger!

A Sense of Achievement

When you were heavy and overweight, everything seemed futile. Everything seemed out of touch. However, losing weight has proven you can achieve the goals you set. You can have dreams and make them come true. You have won the battle.

This new sense of achievement and confidence will propel you on to other new aspirations and objectives.

Improved Motivation

Once you succeed at something, you have more incentive to try other new things. Maybe you have always wanted to learn a new language, join an exercise club, or try salsa dancing. Fatigue is a thing of the past after losing weight.

Perhaps you have always wanted to go back to school and get your degree. When you feel good about yourself, anything is possible.

Contact Advanced Surgeons, P.C. at (205) 595-8985 if you are ready to experience all the benefits of weight loss, and think bariatric surgery may be right for you. We are happy to help assist you at our office in Birmingham. We also recommend anyone interested in bariatric surgery join us for a FREE weight loss seminar.