No matter what is your personal reason behind wanting to lose your weight, it can hugely impact someone’s life. Some are good, and some times it is for the worse. However, on the bright side, you have won the battle for a healthier body.
Underneath is the list of how weight loss can impact your life:
1. The weight may come off unevenly
When you are in the process of losing weight, there is a couple of area of your body that might lose unevenly. The process takes quite a while, and while you are progressing you will see that there will be certain areas in your body which lost weight first then other areas. The reason for this is because each human body function in a different way. There are also different types of the body in which the body store the fat. Different pace of metabolism also affects this process.
2. Sagging skin and stretch mark
Loose, sagging skin and stretch mark are the product of losing weight too fast. This is because the skin is not able to shrink as fas as the body. Instead of focusing on losing weight rapidly, you need to focus on slow, steady weight loss at a rate of about one to two pounds per week to give the skin time to shrink along with the body.
It is also recommended that you implement resistance exercises to prevent the loss of lean muscle mass. Building mass can help prevent sagging skin during weight loss as well as eating more produce, using sunscreen and using collage-based serums or retinoids.
There are some people who chose to use surgery in removing the excess skin. It is one of the alternatives, however, it will likely take a few weeks for recovery.
3. Getting cold
This is one of the common complaints that people who have lost weight have to endure and go through. This has to do with your metabolic rate and hormone changes. This is because your body is going to lower your metabolic rate when you lose weight to try to conserve energy. While it is conserving energy, it doesn’t have a lot of extra calories to keep yourself warm.
Another reason that might cause you to feel colder is that you do not have the fat that acts as an insulator. Studies reported that without that extra layer, your body becomes more sensitive to temperature changes.
4. Feeling angry
To be overweight is to be overlooked, and it is not a secret that society has treated people with overweight and obese people differently. At worst, you might have become the victim of people’s taunt and harassment, at best you would be ignored. There is a study that showed people who have lost weight and has been “accepted” in society might feel anger and resentment. Most of them felt that they have never changed other aspects of their personality, however, they were being overlooked by society until the lost weight.
5. Trouble sleeping
The relationship between sleep and food is complicated. Not only does what and when you eat affects sleeping, but sleep also affects your food choices.
The basic of sleep comes down to a chemical called adenosine. This chemical builds up in your body before a rise in melatonin.
Although we know that sleep in an essential key to successful dieting and weight loss, it might be harder to sleep during weight loss because of dietary changes.
In order for you to be able to sleep, you need to increase your tryptophan levels, and the way to do is to have little carbohydrates with protein. It will later increase tryptophan levels in the brain and melatonin.
Not to mention that when you do not eat enough or you are eating fewer calories, it disrupts the hormonal balance in your body. Instead of being lulled to sleep, your body looks for food instead.
6. Fewer migraines
Obesity raises the risk of having a migraine by fifty percent. That likelihood increases as obesity increases and people with body mass index greater than 40 have a 275 percent higher risk for having a migraine than their peers who are not obese.
Obesity is not a cause of migraines, but it is a risk factor which can be controlled with weight loss.
The current theory that is proposed is that fat cells increase the amount of inflammation in the body and this inflammation can trigger migraines in certain situation. Losing weight decreases the level of inflammation in the body and may consequently reduce the quantity and severity of a person’s headaches.
7. Different taste
You could be having a different perception of food tasting. It’s your interest in food is hormonal, and ghrelin secreted from the stomach makes you very hungry. In the end, you will find different food more appealing.
This theory is supported by a study that found people who lost weight via bariatric surgery had a change in taste. Almost 87% of patients reported this change post-surgery and half of those people said the food did not taste as good. Those who had dulled taste buds but also lost more weight than their peers reported their taste sharpened. This is suspected due to the hormonal changes that influence how taste receptors relay information to the brain.
8. Hard time continuing to lose weight
Regaining weight and weight loss plateaus are common especially after losing lots of weights, and this is often because of lower metabolic rate. What happens as a result of the loss of lean body mass and the fact that the body now needs fewer calories to function. A lot of people fell into the trap thinking that they could go back to their previous diet after weight loss. To maintain your weight loss, it is essential to adopt the dietary changes that have been made so far.