5 Odd Side Effects of Losing Weight

You would think that losing weight will simply result in the need for a new wardrobe… But in reality, many of our patients report changes in other areas of their lives too! Sometimes these are positive changes, and sometimes they are a bit odd or even a tad frightening. You might experience a few of these things yourself. Try to stay focused on the healthy goals you’ve set for yourself, but definitely talk to us at your next appointment if anything is bothering you.

Strange comments from friends and family. Hopefully, you are met with love and support as you pursue your weight loss plan. But sometimes when people lose weight, they hear some surprising comments from friends and family members, such as “aren’t you thin enough yet” or “can’t you eat normally tonight”. Rest assured that these comments are not a true reflection of you! Your weight is between you and your doctor, and as long as you’re healthy that is what matters. And your eating plan is probably more “normal” and healthy than it has been in a long time! When you change, the people you love might have their own insecurities triggered. These comments reflect their fears. Try not to internalize them.

You still see yourself as the same size. For some people, being “overweight” becomes a part of their self image, and in Western culture that generally does not contribute to a positive self esteem. So even as you drop the pounds, you might find yourself still thinking those negative thoughts about yourself. Taking periodic photos, or trying on your old (now too-large) clothing might help to remind you of your progress. We want you to love yourself at any size, but do acknowledge your hard work and dedication! You deserve to pat yourself on the back for that.

Loose skin. Sometimes people are surprised that they don’t simply “shrink” as they lose weight! Skin can take longer to shrink than fat cells, so in the meantime you observe quite a bit of looseness. Your skin will catch up, depending upon age, genetics, and other factors. Exercise can help tone muscles and reduce the appearance of loose skin, too. But in some cases, some people do choose to undergo cosmetic surgery. It’s a very personal choice.

Receiving lots of attention. You would think receiving compliments always feels good, but some people have mixed or even negative feelings about them. Some feel uncomfortable with excess attention from the opposite sex, and some feel a bit defensive toward their “old selves”. In a strange way, it can hurt a bit to realize you get many more compliments than the “old you” used to receive. Try to remember that people mean well, and many of these people don’t even know about the “old you”! But if you’re excessively uncomfortable with the attention, talking to a therapist can help you sort through your feelings and find ways to set boundaries with others.

Feeling underwhelmed. Occasionally, people attach other hopes and dreams to their goal of weight loss. They hope that when they lose weight, they’ll meet the perfect romantic partner. Or, their new lifestyle will help them land their dream job. Unfortunately, sometimes those other goals require more time. It’s definitely true that living a healthy lifestyle and cultivating a positive self image can help you in every area of your life… But everything might not fall together instantly. Focus on your strength and dedication, and remember that you can now direct those strengths to other areas of your life if you feel they need a change.

Remember that we’re here for you, every step of the way along your weight loss journey. Give us a call, and we can offer advice on medical weight loss, exercise, and more.

 

Does “Eating Clean” Make Sense?

It seems every few months or so, a new buzzword comes around in the health and fitness world. Lately we’ve been hearing a lot of people say that they want to “eat clean”, and crediting “clean eating” to all sorts of miraculous progress such as weight loss or improved immune function. And while the intentions are in the right place, there’s one reason you might not want to focus too much on this trend… Read more

Work Out in Just Thirty Minutes

Sure, you’d love to compete in Iron Man competitions, but that’s a tad unrealistic for a lot of people. Either you’re just getting started with an exercise regimen, or you simply don’t have the kind of time needed to train for something so serious. And of course, not everyone is interested in that sort of thing. You just want to look and feel healthier, not spend hours per day training. Read more

6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Calorie Burn

Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are two of the biggest piece of the weight loss puzzle. It certainly helps if you follow both of these plans consisently! But most of us spend hours per day sitting at a desk, and that can slow our metabolisms (and our weight loss results). So if you’re looking for ways to boost your daily calorie burn, you’re in luck. Check out the following tips, that almost anyone can squeeze into their daily routine. Read more

Which Types of Exercise Burn the Most Calories?

People exercise for a variety of reasons. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight (this is the most common reason). Maybe you want to reduce your stress (and exercise works). Maybe your doctor told you that you need to exercise more. Or, maybe it’s just a habit, or you enjoy it. Whatever the reason, exercising regularly is certainly one of the best routes to improved physical and mental health, and we should all do it regardless of how many calories we’re burning. Read more

Try These Low-Cal Food Swaps

Yes, you know that eating fewer calories and burning more through exercise is usually the key to weight loss… But all of your favorite foods are so heavy in calories! How can you cut back on your energy consumption, while still enjoying your cravings?

One method is to trick your taste buds, by substituting healthier alternatives for your favorite ingredients. Try some of the following tricks to reduce your overall caloric intake, while still enjoying a satisfying eating plan. Read more

5 Ways to Improved Heart Health

Some of our clients want to lose weight for purely aesthetic reasons. However, most recognize that weight loss will help them live longer, healthier lives. We’re all more prone to certain health conditions as we grow older, but some of us definitely carry a higher risk than others. Considering that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in this country, we should all take steps to improve our heart health, aside from losing weight. Read more

3 Steps to Improve Your Willpower

We often say that you shouldn’t rely upon willpower alone to achieve your weight loss goals. What we mean by this is that no one will stick with a bad or excessively uncomfortable plan forever. No, you probably won’t be able to live on lettuce alone, or exercise four hours per day. Any reasonable person would “lose” their willpower – and fall short of their goals – before very long in those situations. And that would be okay, because those plans don’t sound very healthy, anyway. Read more

Are You Intimidated by the Gym?

It’s an old joke: A comedian or sitcom character quips that they want to join a gym, but they need to get in shape first. Like most humor, the joke is funny because it’s a little bit true. Most of us feel intimidated by gyms, imagining that we’ll be the least-fit person in a room full of fitness models. We picture ourselves struggling and sweating through a simple workout, while lithe “gym bunnies” prance around effortlessly. Read more

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