We are obsessed with losing weight, but not many people who want to improve themselves and their health think about what goes along with these changes.
For millions of people, losing weight is a goal that is hard to obtain, but once they decide to start a diet or have weight loss surgery and the pounds come off, it can be empowering. However, with the positive changes, you will also deal with things that not many people think about when they embark on this journey.
One of the things you should consider as you begin losing weight is that all the extra skin, which will become saggy, and it’s not easy to control the way your body will look without all the extra baggage.
This happens especially to those losing larger amounts of weight and can be discouraging. Women’s Health magazine addresses the difficult issue, which can be a constant reminder of how it used to be.
“How loose your skin gets after losing weight depends on several factors: how much weight you’ve lost, how old you were when you lost the weight, how many times you’ve lost and gained the weight back, and how quickly you lost it (the faster you lose it, the less time your skin has to tighten naturally).”
After losing weight you will also need a whole new wardrobe and it can get expensive. However, it can also be exciting to buy all those new clothes. You can save some money by shopping at thrift stores or swap things with friends or family members. If you can hold off, the shopping experience can serve as a reward for reaching new goals.
Losing all that physical weight doesn’t automatically translate in realizing one is lighter and for some that have lost large amounts of pounds, it is the last thing that completes the transformation.
“For the first couple of years of my journey, I still had difficulty seeing myself as the new me,” Maia Sutton — who lost 90 pounds — told the Huffington Post in 2013. “It wasn’t until very recently when I seemed to have an unexplained epiphany and realized, I am good enough!”
But losing weight is not just about you. Friends and family members may see you differently and some of those relationships can change, because of the way you now behave in regards to eating and food. It will take your loved ones some time to adjust to the new you as well.
Finally, some of your friends may think they are being supportive with comments such as, “You look great,” when they notice that you are losing weight. But this may make you question what they thought of you before your started a diet or had surgery. Losing weight is tricky.
Getting fit is a lifestyle change that comes with other consequences, but don’t let any of these things discourage you as you start losing weight and become a better version of you.
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