A big study from Dove, called The Real Truth About Beauty determined that only 2% of women call themselves beautiful. There are dozens of factors that affect a person’s self-confidence, and weight is one of the major ones. However, when it comes to the relationship between excess weight and beauty, it’s not only the matter of confidence in your body shape. It turns out that excess pounds have a huge negative impact on your health and appearance, including the health of your skin, hair, and nails.
How Does Being Obese or Overweight Affect Your Looks?
Excess weight affects your metabolism and might cause a variety of problems that will manifest on your skin. Some of these issues are:
- Acanthosis nigricans.
These are patches of darkened skin that appear due to an increased insulin resistance caused by obesity. They usually manifest in the areas where skin folds, like armpits, knees, elbows, and groin.
- Varicose veins and ruptured capillaries.
These issues appear on your legs due to the extra load they are forced to carry. Note that both are extremely difficult to treat. Varicose veins are also dangerous as they affect blood circulation.
- Stretch marks.
After they appear, removing stretch marks by anything other than surgery is nearly impossible.
- Skin infections and rashes.
Bearing excess weight causes you to sweat profusely. Once sweat gathers in skin folds, they become a fertile breeding ground for bacteria. This may result in rashes, infections (fungal and bacterial), and pigmentation that remains in their wake.
How to Lose Weight and Enhance Your Beauty at the Same Time
Your weight loss program matters greatly for your beauty, so be sure to choose a plan that will be healthy as well as effective. You need to be especially careful when choosing supplements in order to pick the one that will be most beneficial. Appetite supplements, like phentermine, are usually the best choice as they are effective and don’t affect the hormones connected to your skin health. However, to be perfectly sure that you’ve chosen well, you need to do a thorough research. This means asking not only whether phentermine works but how does phentermine work for weight loss? Once you understand the effects of supplements, you’ll be able to decide which will work best for you.
The situation with a weight loss diet is much easier. You simply need to ensure that you get plenty of antioxidants and calcium. Any healthy and well-balanced diet will contain these elements. However, you should opt for eating more nuts and berries than lean meat and other fruits. This way, you’ll get more antioxidants and healthy fats. As to calcium, obtaining it from leafy greens and seeds will also be a better idea than loading up on dairy. However, all of the healthy food choices aren’t truly bad for your skin. Therefore, you can enjoy a weight loss meal plan you like most.
The foods you definitely need to include in your diet if you want to enhance your looks as well as weight loss efforts are:
- Olive oil.
Start cooking with olive oil as it’s not only richer in healthy fats but also has anti-aging properties (Cell Cycle study).
- Make oatmeal one of your daily servings of whole grains as it’ll help you get rid of pimples and make your skin healthier overall. It also contains a lot of dietary fiber, which helps with weight loss.
- Sardines or any other fish with a high content of omega 3 help fight inflammations as well as pimples and irritations they cause. Fish is also ‘lighter’ for your diet and will be a great replacement for more fatty meats.
You shouldn’t forget that weight loss will cause your skin to sag a bit. Depending on the number of pounds you lose, mere toning exercises might not be enough to ‘stay in shape’. In these cases, plastic surgery is the only option.