10 things nobody tells you about losing weight
Who has reached his desired figure is automatically happier? Wrong thought! Losing weight simplifies many things in life, but there are also some (unpleasant) surprises.
1. Your taste changes
Are you sensitive to what’s in front of you, and are you suddenly tasting spices more? Once your pounds fall, your taste buds may change, says John Morton, chief of bariatric surgery at Stanford University opposite “Prevention.com.” For him, this is also the explanation why overweight people seek their satisfaction in the food, instead of paying attention to the taste. Morton also found that people who reduce their weight have less appetite for salty food.
2. Weight loss is no equivalent to luck
Sure, the joy is great when you reach your desired weight. You should still not assume that with your weight loss goals, all your problems in the air dissolve. As a study by University College in London has found, people who reduce their weight suffer from depression almost twice as often as those who maintain their weight. The experts observed around 2,000 overweight individuals over a four-year period.
3. The adaptation lasts
You have reached your desired weight, but still see the “fat girl” in the mirror? Do not worry, that’s normal. The head needs much longer for the change than your body. This also means that old habits will initially persist. Nicole Zernone, a teacher from New York , explains: “Even though I am slim and other people in the supermarket queue pass me by, I still move as if I have a lot more weight.”
4. The relationship changes
Losing weight can have a positive as well as a negative effect on your relationship. Either it brings you and your partner closer together – or it leads to stress. For example, if one partner does not support the other in his weight loss goals. Or if one forces the other to join the diet. Ideally, they both want the same goal: to lose a few pounds.
5. You need more sweaters
When you lose weight, your body is on the back burner – you start to feel cold. This means that various body functions are slowed down or reduced to save energy. The body takes the necessary energy from the fat reserves that the body has applied to the abdomen, legs and hips. So that the freezing does not become permanent, you should move regularly: this stimulates the metabolism and makes muscles grow, which in turn burn fat.
6. The memory is improved
As a Swedish study has found, losing weight helps to bring memory to fruition. Only a few kilos should therefore be sufficient to raise the brain activity. Why it is like that? As you lose weight, your insulin levels drop and your body’s inflammatory processes slow down. Both can have a positive effect on the memory.
7. You look older
Your muscles and bones will thank you if you lose a few pounds, your skin may not. “After losing weight, I could not believe how old my face looked in the mirror,” Pamela Smith told Finkelman to Prevention.com. The 58-year-old has lost 25 pounds. And indeed, a study published in 2015 has analyzed that women go down more often after weight loss – for a facelift.
8. Your sleep is better
Yes, your sleep could also improve with weight loss . Why? If you lose weight, you are more active and exhausted in the evening. Ergo: You sleep better! By the way: Complex carbohydrates, such as pasta, rice or potatoes, shorten the time to fall asleep. Fat, hard-to-digest foods and simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, disturb a restful sleep.
9. The kids will also lose weight
Experts have found that losing weight causes parents to lose weight as well. And that’s not all: According to the study, your offspring loses about 25 percent more weight than you do. The reason: children follow the example of their parents – and naturally have more energy that is burned.
10. You are stressed
You still want to lose weight even though you have already reached your ideal weight? Are you afraid to increase again? Losing weight can be nice, but it can also mean putting yourself under pressure mentally. And to become obsessive. Instead of stress (which makes you fat), you should relax and be happy that the goal has been reached.