Weight loss and weight gain can be attributed to many things. Maybe you aren’t doing the right workouts in the gym, you have health issues, or everyday stressors have been wearing you thin. Whether you’re trying to actively lose or gain weight, or it’s just something that’s happening naturally, you should be aware of how it can potentially affect your overall health and well-being. Here are some ways that weight fluctuations can affect you and some ideas on how to fix them.
- Weight Can Impact Self-Esteem
Your weight is one of many determining factors of how you feel about yourself. Not being at your ideal weight can affect your self-esteem and confidence by making you feel like you’re less attractive or like people are judging you. This is problematic because your self-esteem plays a significant role in your mental health and can easily cause feelings of anger, sadness, and even depression. On the flip side, if your goal was to lose or gain a specific amount of weight and you achieved it, it can boost your confidence and make you think more positively about yourself. This self-love will help you be more productive in your daily life, reduce stress, and promote good health overall
2. Weight Can Affect Intimacy
There are two sides to this–the mental and physical aspects. Body dissatisfaction can easily result in you pulling away from your partner mentally due to not being comfortable in your body. This can create even more discord in your relationship and cause increased stress for both parties making a bad situation worse. Aside from the mental aspect, physical weight fluctuations (intended or not) can lead to less energy, mood swings, and hormone imbalances, causing erectile dysfunction in men or lower libido in women. However, proper and healthy weight gain or loss can increase desire and boost your confidence in the bedroom
3. Weight Can Cause Eating Disorders
Most people are aware that unhealthy weight gain or loss can result in diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more, but eating disorders are a big problem too. Often, they are overlooked since it’s not always something you can easily spot. Eating disorders are becoming more common, and according to ANAD, affect at least 9% of the population worldwide. The number is most likely higher since some people have yet to seek help or don’t realize that they need it.
How to Fix
- Visit a Doctor
You want to determine if you have any underlying medical conditions that may be causing you to gain or lose weight or make it harder for you to actively do so. Sometimes it can be something as simple as stress, while other times, it may not be. Giving yourself peace of mind by visiting a doctor and getting a professional opinion can help you a lot. Don’t be scared to let your doctor know everything you’ve been experiencing, no matter how “embarrassing.” Every detail can make a difference, and what you thought might be a serious issue turns out not to be. It may be as simple as taking ed meds to fix intimacy issues for men or switching diets for women and men alike.
2. Fix Your Diet
If you’ve been to the doctors and they don’t mention anything about an underlying disease, consider your diet. Your diet truly all depends on what your weight goals are. If you want to gain weight, high protein foods like beans and chicken are good additions. If you want to lose weight, eating various fruits and veggies can help since they are generally low in calories. Don’t forget your water either. It’s essential to have a healthy water intake, so consider buying a reusable water bottle to make it easier. Please note, you shouldn’t blindly follow every diet or nutrition plan on the internet. Some can be unhealthy and end up hurting you instead of helping you. Do a lot of research if you’re getting information online and stop anything that doesn’t make you feel well.
3. Do the Proper Exercises
If you’ve been wondering why you aren’t meeting your weight goal, it’s probably because of your choice of exercises. For weight gain, strength training can help you. For weight loss, cardio will be your best friend. Cardio gets your heart pumping and burns a lot of calories, which is needed for weight loss. Also, the right exercises can help with some of the issues stated above. Pelvic floor exercises can improve sexual performance in men and women, while more intense workouts can make you feel proud of yourself and your body. If you’re a beginner, make sure you take things slow. There’s no reason to rush things and potentially hurt yourself.