Its easy to get discouraged about losing weight. But weve got a great incentive for you: a better sex life.
A recent study found that two years after obese women had bariatric surgery, many of those who lost around one-third of their pre-surgery weight reported heightened sexual responses, not to mention a better quality of life and improved hormone levels. That helped them sustain their weight loss or lose even more.
And that, well, its an ongoing cycle of rewards.
Guys, the sexual benefits of weight loss are just as true for you (80 percent of men with erectile dysfunction are overweight or obese). But you dont necessarily have to undergo surgery to achieve weight loss and gain these benefits.
Adopting a healthy-weight lifestyle that includes walking 10,000 steps daily, eliminating the Five Food Felons (any grain that isnt 100 percent whole, all added sugars and sugar syrups, and trans and saturated fats) and making sure you eat nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day can help you lose around 1 pound a week and improve your sexual health. (Youll find it easier to stick with your activity routine and nutritional plan if you have a pal to walk with and a foodie partner to check in with.)
Healthy weight loss will help you shed a poor body image (proven to dampen sexual desire), regain energy (youll move around more easily, your heart functions better), and improve your self-confidence a very appealing quality.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.