Exploring the Top Physical and Mental Benefits of Losing Weight

The World Health Organization’s definition of obesity is having a BMI greater than or equal to 30. (BMI greater than or equal to 25 is considered overweight). And currently, more than one in three adults are considered to be obese. Though the weight loss process can certainly be an uphill battle, it’s encouraging to understand the potential mental and physical benefits your new lifestyle can have on your overall well-being and sense of self.

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Social Jet Lag is Associated with Worse Mood, Poorer Health, and Heart Disease

Past research studies have shown that getting enough sleep is important because of its effect on having healthy brain functions, emotional wellbeing, and physical health. But new studies from The American Academy of Sleep and the Center for Disease Control show that “social jet lag’ caused by shifting your sleeping or waking times because of social activities or because you’re staying up too late to work on a project could also cause various health issues.

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Self-Love

On the road to weight loss there will be pitfalls and setbacks. Life will happen and weight loss will slow or begin to slowly creep up. In these times, when life is pushing your health goal priorities further down the list, it’s important to practice self-understanding. When our thoughts begin to turn negative toward ourselves, we run the risk of undoing all of our good efforts.

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Nutrition and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Have the dark, drizzly days got you feeling down? Are you experiencing less energy this time of year than your normal, vibrant self? You aren’t alone. It is estimated ~20% of the population suffers from the condition Seasonal Affective Disorder – otherwise known as SAD. It is a condition that can trigger depression symptoms to appear in the winter months.

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