More than numbers: How weight loss affects your well being
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
11 June 2021

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.


Most people let their body image dictate how they feel about themselves, how they interact with others and by extension, how high or low their confidence levels are.  Weight, waist size, and progressive weight gain can have grave health implications. Sustaining a steady body weight is super important. Let’s explore the multitude of benefits of being fit and maintaining your ideal body weight.

The benefits of maintaining a steady weight

This can be challenging, given our current sedentary modern lifestyles. However, maintaining a steady weight has several positive outcomes:

    1. Having a healthy body weight wards off practically all lifestyle disorders: Hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, heart attack and diabetes mellitus. Furthermore, if you are already suffering from any disorder, additional weight can aggravate existing symptoms. Controlling your weight can help you gradually taper off your medications or even stop them altogether under the supervision and guidance of a medical professional and/or your nutritionist.
    2. Lose weight, get smart! Research shows that heavier people have poorer cognitive skills compared to fit people. Brain scans demonstrate that once an individual got rid of all his undesirable weight, there was more brain activity whilst he formed memories and less activity during memory recall; this is suggestive of the fact that having unnecessary weight makes it harder for the brain to work well.

  1. Improved quality of sleep: Weight loss, sleep and snoring share an attention-grabbing relationship! Snoring and sleep apnea are triggered by surplus weight around the neck and belly, and they are known to disappear with a weight reduction of 5-10 %. Not only will you sleep a whole lot better if you reduce the burden on your neck and belly, you will also allow more oxygen to travel to the brain.
  2. Stave off cancer: Obesity is strongly related to cancer; obesity triggers disease-causing inflammation, which sets off cancer. The good news is that the level of inflammation in the body can be brought down by shedding even just 5% of the extra weight.
  3. Weight loss promises you better skin and hair: With significant weight loss, your complexion improves significantly and your hair will appear a whole lot healthier. Healthy eating will allow the nutrition to enhance your skin and hair.
  4. Better mobility: Being lighter makes it easier to move around and lowers the strain on your joints and spine, thus reducing the chances of arthritis. For every half kilo lost, you reduce the load on your knees by 2 kilos thereby minimizing the pain and inflammation caused by the extra weight.
  5. Boosts energy levels substantially: One of the most obvious benefits of weight loss is a boost in your energy levels. The improved oxygen efficiency will raise your stamina and allow you to get more done without feeling tired all the time.


Time to integrate all the fat burning foods in to your diet!

Losing kilos may seem simple but maintaining your weight is crucial to continue enjoying the benefits of weight loss. A simple, wholesome diet comprising foods good for weight loss, packed with protein, complex carbs and healthy fats while also avoiding excess sugar, salt and unhealthy fats is all that you need.

Nutritionists advocate incorporating a low sodium salt into the diet to support your efforts. Tata Salt Lite is a reduced-sodium iodized salt that’s been specially formulated to provide less sodium than regular salt without any change in the taste. It is designed to help handle hypertension better and definitely should feature in your kitchen pantry.




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