It’s about body confidence, you’ve got more energy, you just feel so much better, it’s nice.” We asked health experts if there is enough credence to this statement.
Dr Deepak K Jumani, sexual health physician, Sir JJ Group of Hospitals and Grant Medical College states that he has often suggested his obese patients to lose weight when they face mechanical issues during sex. He explains, “When you pile on the pounds, it affects the blood flow.
Once you shed the excess kilos, the androgens responsible for the sex drive automatically increase. Your external appearance makes a lot of difference and contributes to your partner’s desire. Perception, imagination, emotions, physical sensations, self-esteem and confidence in one’s ability to perform is affected in a positive way.”
LOSE WEIGHT GRADUALLY
Regular exercise helps to improve testosterone levels, which increases your sexual desire. Anything that improves one’s body image and confidence is good, but slimming down alone can’t be linked to a sudden boost in libido, opines Dr Prakash Kothari, founder professor of sexual medicine at GS Medical College and KEM Hospital. He says, “I’ve advised obese couples to sim down when they’re facing mechanical disturbance in their performance. It’s necessary to lose weight gradually.”
DON’T HAVE UNREALISTIC STANDARDS OF BEAUTY
However, Dr Jumani adds that it’s wrong to assume that overweight people are incapable of having a good sex life. He informs, “Now, one’s idea of a good physique is shaped by unrealistic standards of beauty. Women want to undergo vaginal rejuvenation to get a ‘perfect look’, which is unhealthy.
We are sexual beings and sex is a normal body function. To be sexually fit is a lifestyle decision that one needs to take. But don’t succumb to superficial standards.”