5 Weight Loss Side Effects We Need to Talk About

Watching your body transform right before your eyes is one of the most rewarding experiences. It can boost your self confidence and give you lots of energy. However, in some cases, losing weight comes with a few negative side effects that we don’t tend to talk about.

Weight Loss Side Effects

Don’t letpotential weight loss side effectsderail your health journey. Instead, let’s talk about them, so you canbe preparedfor any possible challenges you might face after reaching your goal weight.

1. You may still feel fat.

Have you ever heard of the “Phantom Fat” Syndrome? This is a phenomenon where people feel fat even after losing weight.

When you lose weight,your mind doesn’t instantly adjust toyour new body. This can cause you to think and act as thoughyou’restill overweight. This is common among people who have been overweight most of their lives.

If you feel like you are overweight even after reaching yourgoal weight, talk to a professional. This side effect is much more manageable with professional help.

2. You may feel cold all the time.

This one catches most people by surprise, especially those who lose lots of weight.

You may thinkthat losing fat increases sensitivity to colder temperatures,because fat is an insulator. However, that explanation may be wrong since this animal study concluded that extra fat does not act as an insulator. Of course, animals and humans are different, so take any animal study with a grain of salt.

Whilescientists can’tdefinitively explain why people feel colder after losing weight, for now, you can counteract this effectpretty easily. Make sure you have a hoodie or a sweater on-hand, andturn up the temperature on the air conditioner, if youhave control of the thermostat.

3. You may develop saggy skin.

Saggy skin is one of the main problems people struggle with after losing a lot of weight. In fact, research shows that the psychological effects of saggy skin discourage women from engaging in physical activities.

People developthis weight loss side effect onlyafter losing a significant amount of weight. Your skin won’t be saggy after losing 20 pounds.

Age is also a factor when it comes to weight loss and saggy skin. Older people are more likely to have saggy skin after weight loss.

Surgery is usually the best solution for people with excess skin. But remember that staying hydrated and eating nutrient-dense foods can improve your skin elasticity.

4. Your hormones may become unbalanced.

Body fat percentage has a big impact on our hormones. According to research, people with excess body fat tend to have higher estrogen levels. In addition, cortisol has been linked to belly fat

Losing weight may affect these hormones and sometimes trigger unexpected weight loss side effects, such as a change in menstrual cycles.Handling these changes is a lot less stressful, if they’re not a surprise, so this one is just something to keep in mind.

5. You may lose friends.

This may sound unbelievable, but friends and family may not be happy with your weight loss success, especially people you used to indulge in unhealthy habits with. In other cases, the partners feel threatened by the improved physique and confidence.

Surprisingly, research shows that people trying to lose weight get more support on online forums and support groups thanfrom family and friends.

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