Need to lose weight? Getting a bikini body shouldn't be your only motivation. Weight loss can mean spending less, better immunity, and more.


It is not uncommon to get serious about weight loss before a big event or to fit into a certain outfit. Some people are motivated for revenge or to find love. There could be countless things that motivate you to exercise and/or incorporate more healthy eating into your day, but the important thing is to find what fits for you and drives you to get healthier. If skinny jeans, a bikini body, or even an arbitrary number on the scale aren't pushing you to lose weight, maybe these very real reasons can become the big push for you.

Less Facial Hair

Amanda L. Little of wants to lose weight to help relieve symptoms of PCOS, which causees hair growth on her chin that has to be plucked. Even a five percent weight loss can make a difference in PCOS, according to the National Institute on Child Health and Development.

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Auto Safety

"Overweight people are twice as likely to fall asleep at the wheel, as they have a higher incidence of sleep disorders. Being overweight makes it more likely you'll get severely injured in a car accident," reports Jon Rhodes, a clinical hypnotheraplist at He explained that in-car safety features, such as airbags and seatbelts, are designed for the average sized person, and that these aren't guaranteed to work as effectively for overweight and obese.

Improved Immunity

A stronger immune system was the result of weight loss for Petrina Hamm, CPT of She believes that weight loss also helped her eliminate recurrent sinus infections.

Organ Donor

When his wife needed a liver transplant, one man found his motivation to get back to a normal body weight so he would qualify to be the donor that his wife needed.

Reduced Cancer Risk

Extra weight can also increase your chances of getting breast cancer because fat cells produce more estrogen. Extra weight after menopause creates an even higher likelihood of developing breast cancer.

Career Ambitions

Holly Stokes, a weight loss coach at finds that career ambitions can motivate weight loss. Workplace discrimination can take the form of lower salaries, less consideration for leadership, and less likelihood of being hired for a new job, according to a study from the International Journal of Obesity.

Save Money

Obesity can cost in a lot of ways you hadn't considered, from paying for two airline seats to increased health insurance rates. Losing weight can reduce insurance premiums and eliminate the need for a variety of medications, savings that can add up quickly.

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Burial Costs

Even after death, obesity can be a financial cost whether choosing burial or cremation. A burial may require a larger, more expensive casket and even two grave plots. Cremation will require a large enough chamber and more time. If a large enough chamber is not available locally, there may be transportation fees. Due to the additional time and heat produced, some crematoriums are charging extra fees for those who are overweight.

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