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Weight Loss and Wellness
At Horizons, overall wellness is our focus. A big part of our focus is weight loss because it affects the whole person, which means it affects all aspects of wellness. Many people may look at it as strictly a physical benefit, but that wouldn’t be telling the entire story.
Physical Health Benefits
Not all weight loss needs to be dramatic. You can see improvements with blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars with just losing 5-10% of your body weight.
Another common physical aspect is that obesity causes chronic pain, particularly joint pain. Living with chronic pain negatively affects numerous aspects of life, including emotional wellness. Losing weight will likely improve the situation with time.
Your body uses more energy when you’re overweight or obese. When you lose weight, your body no longer needs to use as much energy which is why people often feel more energetic after weight loss. Dan, who lost over 100 lbs with our HCG program, describes how he felt physically after losing weight: “I find that I’m much more active, I’m much more involved. I don’t want to sit there and sleep 20 hours a day, though I do love my sleep. I am much more active. And it’s fun to be active. It’s exciting because my kids like it more. My wife likes it more. It’s something I never thought I’d be doing again, just because I was so out of shape. It was hard. It felt impossible. And I’m not in that same mode anymore.”
Mental Health Benefits
While weight loss is often attributed to improved physical health, the mental health benefits shouldn’t be overlooked. At Horizons, weight loss is about a person’s overall wellness, and mental/emotional wellness is a huge component of that. In a study done on middle-aged women, women who are overweight or obese report “lower levels of social functioning and vitality, as well as worse overall mental health, compared to women in the normal weight range” (Brown, Dobson, & Mishra, 1998). When you are comfortable in your own skin, you will have more energy and confidence. This confidence will follow you into many aspects of your life – such as social, professional, and even sexual.
Considering that the majority of the US population is either overweight or obese (which has also been exacerbated by the pandemic), it’s safe to say that weight loss would positively impact most of our lives and overall wellness. Hard work pays off, and your future self will thank you for investing in your own wellness. If you are interested in more information about any of our weight loss programs or would like to get started, simply text our office at 937-898-4942 and we’d love to support you through your weight loss journey.