Congratulations on losing weight and meeting your goals! Now what really happens?
It’s one of the rarest things you will ever hear surrounding the topic of weight loss. What am I referring to? Well, I am talking about the “dark side” of weight loss. There is a dark side that many people don’t know about and don’t see coming once they have lost a significant amount of weight. I mean, I can’t blame them. Who on earth wants to focus on the negative after working so hard to achieve a great success?
I know from my own personal experience there is definitely a negative side to weight loss. It comes with a lot of baggage and can cause those who have lost the weight to gain it all back, or even become incredibly depressed. Read below to learn about a few of the post-weight loss side effects, that don’t get mentioned as often. It could help save you, or help save someone close to you, from being hit with a major set back.
If you have ever carried a significant amount of excess weight on your body, there is a VERY good chance that you will experience loose skin. There are a couple of reasons loose skin happens after weight loss. The first possibility is that you lost so much weight in such a quick period of time, that your skin wasn’t able to keep up. The elasticity of the skin didn’t have time to slowly contract and go back to a smaller size and shape. The second reason could be because you have always been a bigger person; even since your years as a youth. If you spent most of your childhood and adult years as someone who was very overweight, your skin has been stretched for a long time. It doesn’t have the ability to snap back as well as someone who may have put on a few pounds their first semester in college or skipped the gym for a few of months.
I had a client once who was so discouraged when I broke the news to her that her excess skin wasn’t going to go away with diet and exercise. Yes, there is always the potential to fill that excess skin with muscle tissue. But the chances of building enough muscle to fill a large amount of extra skin are pretty slim. No one ever wants to go under the knife, but the only real solution is to have skin removal surgery.
Continuing Healthy Habits
The most misguided thing I have witnessed during my time working in gyms, is to see people who have achieved great success from losing weight and meeting their goals, go right back into bad eating habits. As soon as you make the decision to go back to your old ways, you have officially made the decision to put the weight you lost back on your body. Not only are you putting back the weight, it will come back quicker and on average, it comes back double the amount you lost. To keep the glory of your successful weight loss, continue healthy eating habits. Don’t go back to your old ways because you will definitely go back to the old you.
You are going to deal with a lot of personalities during your post weight loss journey. Most people think that if you can get through the peer pressure of people mocking and poking at you through your weight loss journey, that you can conquer anything after you lose the weight. This isn’t the case for a lot of people. Once you lose weight, you are going to deal with people who are jealous and try to sabotage your success by tempting you with the old foods you used to eat. You will also deal with people who convince you to skip the gym because “one time won’t hurt.” One time turns into not going at all, which can lead to a complete lack of physical activity in your life. Don’t let your guard down. Stay strong and confident about your decisions when it comes to maintaining the new lifestyle and the new body that you have worked so hard for. If the people you surround yourself with really care about you, they will support your decisions to continue living the lifestyle that YOU want to live.