How Will You Change When Losing Weight?
There’s no doubt that your body goes through tons of changes when you’re losing weight, but people often don’t realize that the changes are more than just a slimmer waistline or smaller pants size.
From a different attitude toward your own body, renewed energy, or even more active taste buds (bonus!), there are many more changes that you might expect. And learning about them from the beginning could help keep you from getting surprised down the road.
YOU’RE COLD ALL THE TIME
You refuse to take off your parka in a movie theater, and getting stuck under a restaurant air conditioning vent feels like torture. Fat is a natural insulator, so you become more sensitive to changes in temperature as you lose pounds. Get into the habit of keeping a cardigan in your bag.
YOU NEED TO RE-SIZE YOUR RINGS
The next time you rub lotion on your paws, you may notice your fingers have shrunk. Sparrow, 44, a textile designer from Hoboken, NJ, found that a 15-pound weight loss meant that she had to get her engagement ring re-sized.
YOUR SWEET TOOTH CHANGES
It may sound like a miracle, but you might actually lose your desire for sugary or fattening snacks after dropping pounds.
It’s a well-known fact that when you eat less sugar, you lose your craving for it. So if you’ve gotten used to eating less of the sweet stuff while losing weight, you’ll have conditioned yourself to be satisfied with a smaller amount. “I couldn’t believe an apple was sweet enough or that I could stop after eating one piece of chocolate,” says Sparrow.
YOU NEED NEW SHOES
When you lose weight, you lose fat from your entire body. That includes your feet. So don’t be surprised when your heel starts slipping out of your favorite shoes. The good news: Boots will be easier to zip up around your slimmer calves, and heels won’t hurt as much, since they’re be supporting a lighter you.
– via Shape Magazine
Losing Weight Benefits Your Health AND Your Lifestyle!
Ready to have fewer allergies? Or take less prescription medication? Below are a few more great benefits to seeing a lower number on the scale.
YOU’LL HAVE FEWER ALLERGIES
Being overweight can sometimes put a strain on the adrenal glands and respiratory system, exacerbating asthma and allergy symptoms. Now that you’re trimmer, you may be able to ditch your inhaler and cut back on the seasonal pill popping.
FOOD WILL TASTE BETTER
Strange but true: After losing weight, your dinner may taste even better. Stanford University researchers discovered that overweight men had less taste sensitivity than their slimmer counterparts. The reason: 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.
YOU’LL STOP SNORING
See ya, snorezilla! Sleep apnea and snoring, which are often caused by excess weight around the neck, can vanish with a weight loss of just 5 percent.
YOU CAN’T WAIT TO SWEAT
What they say is true: Those feel-good endorphins that flood your bod after a killer Zumba class really are addictive. Plus, progress is addicting! When you start to lose belly fat and gain strength you’ll want to keep going back for more.
PEOPLE COME TO YOU FOR ADVICE
Yes, that’s right, after people see that you’ve shed the pounds, they’ll want to come to you for advice! Be proud that people are looking up to you and be open and honest about what worked for you and the challenges you had to overcome.
YOU’LL SAVE ON PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES
The lighter you are, the healthier you’re apt to be. And in many cases, that means saying sayonara to high blood pressure pills and diabetes medications. Dropping weight also lowers the odds your need medications in the future, too! That’s good news for your body and your bank account.
YOU’LL BE A TOP CHEF
Unless you subscribe to Blue Apron or a meal delivery plan, slimming down and cooking from scratch practically go hand in hand. And we’d bet your skills in the kitchen have vastly improved since you’ve first embarked on your weight loss journey—Top Chef, here you come!
– via Eat This Not That
How are you progressing with your weight loss goals?