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Woman's Era - - Contents - San­jana Saini

Weight-loss is one of the most dis­cussed top­ics in to­day’s world where there are ‘ideal’ body stan­dards which need to be met be­fore you con­sider your­self good look­ing. It also has a huge im­pact on one’s self-es­teem to be in that de­fined shape.

Peo­ple try to lose weight ei­ther by curb­ing their eat­ing habits or ex­er­cis­ing to tone their bod­ies. But what ex­actly is los­ing weight? And how can one do it in the right way which doesn’t cause any harm in the long run?

Los­ing weight is a phrase of­ten used in place of los­ing fat. This process of los­ing weight could be both in­ten­tional as well as un­in­ten­tional (which are caused due to some kind of a body de­fi­ciency or im­bal­ance). There are sev­eral rea­sons for los­ing weight which can range from hav­ing a hor­monal im­bal­ance to hav­ing a slower me­tab­o­lism.

Loss of fat usu­ally takes place when the calo­rie in­take is in­suf­fi­cient and the body starts us­ing an al­ter­nate source in­side it which of­ten hap­pens to be the fat. Some­times the body can also lean in to burn the mus­cle tis­sue which can be harm­ful in the long run and hence should be taken care of.

In terms of in­ten­tional weight-loss, weight-loss can be done in sev­eral ways, but the most pre­ferred way is to have a low-calo­rie diet com­bined with sys­tem­atic phys­i­cal ex­er­cise. There are crash cour­ses too, which promise to work on body fat within a fixed time-frame but it has a high prob­a­bil­ity of hav­ing ad­verse ef­fects in the long run.

There are sev­eral ben­e­fits of los­ing weight that can help a per­son lead a health­ier life. Here are some of those ben­e­fits which are con­vinc­ing enough to lose weight.

In­crease in en­ergy

This is the first ben­e­fit that is felt and it is a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence that one feels in­stantly. This is ba­si­cally felt due to the ab­sence of the ex­tra pounds that a per­son pre­vi­ously used to carry. In­crease in en­ergy can make a per­son feel fresh for a longer du­ra­tion and the per­son feels less tired than be­fore.

Re­duced chances of cancer

There are sev­eral causes of cancer and obe­sity is one amongst those rea­sons. Loss of just 5 per cent of one’s body weight can re­duce the chances of in­flam­ma­tion in one’s body. This will help to im­mu­nise sys­tem as well which re­sults in fight­ing other chronic dis­eases other than cancer like strokes, meta­bolic syn­dromes and heart prob­lems.

Less ex­pen­di­ture on med­i­ca­tion

If a per­son is obese and is suf­fer­ing from prob­lems like di­a­betes or heart dis­eases, then los­ing weight can have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on his or her health and help in de­creas­ing the chances of these prob­lems which means that the ex­pen­di­ture on medicines and vis­its to the clinic will also de­crease.

In­crease in self-con­fi­dence

Hav­ing a toned body def­i­nitely boosts a per­son’s morale and helps the per­son per­form and par­tic­i­pate bet­ter in life. A study which was con­ducted in 2009 shows that los­ing up to just 10 per cent of your body weight can make a huge dif­fer­ence in the phys­i­cal as­pect as well as your self-es­teem.

En­hance your mood

Los­ing weight can play a cru­cial role in up­lift­ing one’s mood by in­duc­ing the ten­dency to sleep more and thus im­prov­ing the mood within a du­ra­tion of just six months. Sleep­ing an ad­e­quate amount of time for the right hours can help tackle the prob­lems of hor­monal im­bal­ance and thus mood swings.

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