There is an ongoing speculation that, when you lose weight, your mood automatically improves. There are many advertisements that show people becoming cheerful after they lose weight. Many people believe they will feel better about themselves once they lose weight. However, there is a new study that suggests losing weight may not improve your mood after all. In fact, there is sufficient proof to suggest that losing weight may actually worsen your mood.
A study was conducted involving 1,500 individuals who were obese or overweight. This study took over four years to complete. Most of the people lost over 5 percent of their body weight. They were in excellent health and felt great physically. However, the rate of depression in such individuals increased.
Jane Wardle, who is a researcher at University College London, explained this phenomenon. According to her, weight loss is rather hard to achieve. It requires immense effort on the patient’s part. However, the work put in by the individual may be a cause of concern. In fact, it may be that the physical stress is the cause of negative psychological effects.
However, there is no concrete evidence to conclude that this is, in fact, the reason why weight loss may not improve your mood. However, there is a correlation between weight loss and depression. One of the reasons people face these psychological struggles is because the weight loss products actually claim to enhance their mood. They suggest that if people lose weight, they will feel better. But when these products do not improve your mood, it causes psychological complications.
Nonetheless, even though there is a significant psychological struggle by the patient, losing weight does provide health benefits. It is, of course, essential that obese individuals try to lose weight. With obesity becoming a growing problem in the U.S., over 50 percent of obese individuals actually make an effort to lose weight. This is a positive sign and shows that people are actually trying to improve their health.
In fact, many obese patients have found relief from chronic diseases like type-2 diabetes after they lose weight. In the PLOS One journal, Wardle concluded that, even though there is sufficient evidence to support the positive impact of weight loss on one’s physical health, there is no concrete evidence to support the negative psychological effects.