Do you often think that you need to lose weight but you can’t seem to summon the motivation to actually do it? Developing the motivation to lose weight can be challenging because unless you have an overwhelming desire or reason to want to lose the weight, you’ll just keep putting it off.
The following 10 powerful reasons should provide plenty of motivation to lose weight:
#1 – Reduce your risk of heart disease
Being overweight makes you much more likely to develop heart disease. Simple lifestyle changes like regular exercise and a healthy diet make you much less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.
#2 – Reduce your blood pressure
High blood pressure also makes you more susceptible to heart attack and stroke, as well as adversely affecting the function of your kidneys, and contributing to hardening of the arteries. Weight loss achieved through a healthy diet and exercise program has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure in the majority of people, helping them avoid these risks.
#3 – Reduce your risk of developing diabetes
Being overweight can cause insulin resistance, which contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes. When you start eating healthier (reducing refined sugar and junk food), exercising and losing weight, you help your body better process the foods you eat, and the development of type 2 diabetes is greatly reduced.
#4 – Reduce your risk of cancer
Many forms of cancer are related to being overweight, including colon cancer, breast cancer, and endometrial cancer. Simply by losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle you can slash your risk of developing cancer by 50% or more.
#5 – Increase your confidence
Did you know that slender, fit people are naturally more confident than overweight people? There are exceptions, but for the most part feeling great about your body gives you inner strength and confidence that can have a huge positive impact on all other areas of your life.
#6 – Save money
Here’s some surprising motivation to lose weight: both health insurance and life insurance are less expensive for people who are healthy and maintain a normal weight. Slender, fit people also usually require less medication and experience fewer hospital stays and surgeries than overweight people. Even if you have health insurance that covers the majority of these costs, you still probably pay a portion of them and could put that money toward more enjoyable pursuits by simply taking better care of your body.
#7 – Rekindle your passion
Did you know that being overweight and out of shape contributes to erectile dysfunction? High blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides can all affect your performance in the bedroom.
#8 – Boost your libido
Women can also experience a form of sexual dysfunction with a diminished libido. When you don’t feel good about your body and you’re tired all the time, it’s more difficult to get into the mood for sex.
#9 – Healthy fertility
Being overweight can contribute to infertility too, making it much more difficult to conceive a baby – not to mention carry it to term and deliver without complications. Being overweight can cause a lot of dangers for pregnant mothers and their babies, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and increased risk of needing a cesarean section.
#10 – Live longer
Last but not least, it’s a simple fact that healthy, fit people live longer than overweight, sick people and experience fewer health problems in the meantime. Not only will losing weight make you more likely to live longer, you will be virtually guaranteed to live a richer, fuller, happier life if you are healthy and strong.
If you don’t feel like these 10 reasons are powerful enough motivation to lose weight, take some time to think about your own important reasons. What about having a slimmer, healthier body really appeals to you? Then stay focused on those reasons and allow them to motivate you into taking the necessary actions to lose weight and improve your health once and for all.