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How Weight Loss Can Improve Mental Health

Lead a happy and healthy lifestyle through healthy weight loss. The mental health benefits of weight loss include reduced stress levels, boosted self-esteem, and improved mood and mental clarity.

Can losing weight make you happier? There’s a high chance it can!

While happiness is not always guaranteed, weight loss is tied to several mental health benefits:

  • reduced stress
  • boosted self-esteem
  • improved mood
  • enhanced cognitive function

How does weight loss reduce stress?

Excess weight can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety, as one may feel dissatisfied with how they look, struggle with low self-esteem, or feel pressured to conform to certain body standards.

Regular exercise, nutritious eating, and adequate sleep not only aid in weight loss but also act as powerful stress-reduction techniques. 

The National Institutes of Health recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity aerobic activity for:

  • a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes per week, or
  • 30 minutes for 5 days a week

Exercise, in particular, stimulates the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters in the brain that promote feelings of happiness and well-being.

It also helps to know that, by working out consistently, you can ward off chronic diseases later in life!

How does weight loss boost self-esteem?

Someone with low self-esteem may experience having a poor sense of self-worth. It can manifest itself in several ways. For example:

  • They often self-criticize and use phrases like “I’m a failure” or “I’m not good enough.”
  • They fear judgment or rejection and use phrases like “I’m unlikeable.”

Once the weight loss becomes visible and apparent in your day-to-day functioning, your self-esteem and self-image can improve significantly!

By boosting your self-esteem and self-confidence through weight loss, you’re likely to perform better in various aspects of your life, such as work, academics, hobbies, and personal goals. 

How does weight loss improve mood and mental clarity? 

Do you often feel cranky? Does your brain fog get in the way of work or school sometimes? 

Research has shown that regular physical activity and a healthy diet can have antidepressant effects that can help improve mood and mental clarity.

Exercise releases serotonin and dopamine which regulates mood and promotes feelings of happiness and relaxation!

Also, eating nutritious-dense food like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can provide brain-boosting nutrients to combat brain fog. 

Overall Well-Being

For many, excess weight and poor mental health can cause the other to worsen.

You’re likely to gain weight or have a hard time losing weight because of:

  • stress
  • emotional eating
  • disrupted sleep patterns

On the other hand, excess weight can further fuel feelings of stress, depression, and low self-esteem.

By breaking this cycle through intentional weight loss efforts and prioritizing self-care, we can create a positive momentum towards improved overall well-being!

Marie France can help you break the cycle

Marie France understands that weight loss is a holistic process that can greatly benefit your mental health and overall well-being.

Our doctors and slimming experts incorporate regular exercise, nutritious eating, adequate sleep, and stress management techniques into the weight loss equation.

Before you go into our personalized slimming program, your current habits, lifestyle, and measurements will be taken into account to ensure that your Marie France journey is effective and sustainable. 

Book a FREE consultation today to get started on your wellness journey. 

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