There are countless benefits to dropping pounds for those of us who are overweight.

Leading a sedentary lifestyle may be at risk for developing various health problems. These problems include diabetes, depression, sleep apnea, impotence, back pain, cardiovascular disease, and some types of cancer. To look and feel better, consider being more active. This may also help to live a longer life.

Those who have lost weight enjoy talking about their success and sharing their experiences.

Surprising Things That Happen When You Lose Weight

When you lose weight, there are a number of surprising things that can happen. This article will explore 25 of them and provide tips on how to deal with each one.

You’ll Need a Warmer Clothes

If you lose 10 percent or more of your body weight, your thyroid hormone levels may drop, making you feel colder more often, says Judith Korner, MD, Ph.D., director of the Weight Control Center at Columbia University Medical Center.

The author suggests that if you are overweight and have asthma or allergies, losing weight may help improve your condition by putting less strain on your adrenal glands and respiratory system. However, you should speak with your doctor before making any changes to your medication routine.

You’ll Need a New Morning Routine

The theory that when you lose fat from your thighs and belly your face will slim down too sounds good, but having some fat under your skin can actually help to hide the appearance of fine lines and sag, keeping your complexion looking more youthful and vibrant. Just remember to get enough vitamin C! A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that for every milligram increase in daily vitamin C, you reduce your risk of wrinkles by 11 percent!

Foods like papaya, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and red bell peppers are all rich in nutrients which can help keep your skin looking its best. Using a plumping cream or a high-quality moisturizer can also be helpful. Talk to your dermatologist to get a recommendation that’s right for you.

Food Will Taste Better

Although it may sound strange, it is true that after losing weight, your dinner may taste even better. Researchers at Stanford University discovered that overweight people had less taste sensitivity than their slimmer counterparts. The reason for this is that their taste buds had become dulled from the overuse. Another theory points to hormonal shifts that take place during weight loss, which may change the way taste receptors communicate with the brain.

Sex Will Be More Satisfying

Losing just 10% of your body weight can have a huge impact on your sexual satisfaction, according to a Duke University Medical Center survey. The survey of 1,210 people of varying weights showed that obese people were 25 times more likely to report dissatisfaction with their time between the sheets than their leaner counterparts. So, even if you’re not quite where you want to be with your physique yet, you can still reap the rewards in the bedroom.

You Won’t Know What to Wear

If you are used to shopping at plus-size or “big and tall” stores, it may be confusing and daunting to try to shop at “normal stores.” It is also common to feel unsure of what to buy that will best show off your new, flat belly.

You’ll need to buy new clothes if you’ve lost 20 pounds or more, but a skilled tailor may be able to make some of your old favorites work if you’ve lost less than that. This can save you a lot of money! Smaller stores usually have sales associates who can help you figure out what to buy that will fit your new body, so that’s usually a better option than going to a department store.

People May Criticize You

When you are losing weight, people around you will often give their unsolicited opinions about your diet and exercise routine. You should not let these people change your own opinion about your weight loss journey.

People May Not Even Notice

While it may be disheartening to hear that you won’t see results immediately, don’t give up hope. Some people won’t notice that you’ve lost weight unless you lose about 9 pounds, which can be discouraging. However, don’t give up hope.

You’ll Stop Snoring

If you lose just 5 percent of your body weight, you can get rid of sleep apnea and snoring, which are often caused by excess weight around the neck.

You Can’t Wait to Sweat

It is true that the endorphins released after a strenuous Zumba class can be addictive. Additionally, seeing yourself get stronger and lose belly fat can be addictive as well.

Your Kids Eat Healthier

Eating healthy foods like bananas, salad, and whole grains can help convince your kids to do the same. And if you’re trying to lose weight, your children may also benefit. A study by the University of California found that every unit decrease in a parent’s BMI (body mass index) was matched by a one-quarter decrease in their child’s BMI. So if you lose weight, your children may also start to slim down.

Loose Skin

While it may be disheartening to see excess skin after weight loss, it is not uncommon. Losing a lot of weight can cause your skin to sag due to the loss of elasticity. However, there are ways to help tighten your skin such as exercise and massages.

According to Adonis Maiquez, M.D., director of wellness and regenerative medicine at the Miami Institute for Age Management and Intervention, skin stretches over time to accommodate extra body mass.

If you lose a lot of weight quickly, your skin may not have enough elasticity to go back to your original body shape. This can leave you with skin that looks like an apron, which is not something anyone wants.

How much excess skin you have depends on how old you are, how quickly you lost weight, and how often you’ve gone through weight loss and gain cycles in the past, he says.

If you lose a large amount of weight, plastic surgery may be the only way to get rid of the extra skin, says Holly Wyatt, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Colorado.

If you have just a little sagging skin, Dr. Wyatt suggests increasing your protein each day and/or working more lifting into your current workout plan to make your skin look tauter.

Phantom Cravings

It’s not likely that you’ll crave kale, whether you’re in the mood for Cherry Garcia ice cream, nacho cheese chips, or Doritos.

It’s okay to give into temptation sometimes, according to most dietitians. They say that it’s a healthy way to stick to your diet in the long run.

The best solution for avoiding cravings is to focus on high fiber, moderate protein, and healthy fats.

You should consume at least 30 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber at each meal to ensure satiety between meals.

Muscle Loss

When you lose weight, approximately two-thirds of the weight lost is fat, with the remaining one-third being muscle, as stated by William Samuel Yancy, M.D., director of the Duke Diet and Fitness Center and associate professor of medicine at Duke University.

If you only focus on losing weight, you may end up with loose skin. You also won’t be able to lose weight as quickly because you’ll have lost muscle that helps burn calories.

Dr. Yancy stated that by consuming a good amount of protein and participating in strength exercises, you can decrease the amount of muscle loss that happens when losing weight.

If you have only been doing cardio, try to do more strength training.

 

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