Weight loss is a journey. And until you begin experiencing it for yourself, it’s unlikely you know a lot about what to expect, what’s to come, and how much will change as you shed more kilos over time. In fact, there’s very little that anyone tells you about losing weight.
Of course, there are some obvious benefits of losing weight: better health, increased self-esteem, and improved sleep, to name a few. However, nothing can quite prepare you for some of the challenges you’ll face as you progress in your weight loss journey.
This article reveals 5 things you should know to keep you informed, on track, and successful.
1: You won’t immediately feel great about your body
As the number on the scale decreases, you may expect to feel better right away. However, this is unlikely to happen. In fact, many people actually find losing weight much simpler than accepting their transformation and new bodies.
Your body image is typically the last thing to change once you’ve lost weight. By being patient and positive, you can accept your new body and the progress you’ve made.
2: You’re going to have excess skin
Depending on how much weight you plan to lose, you may well have excess skin when you reach your goal weight. For those who lose less weight, stretch marks often remain.
The probability of loose skin increases with age, the amount of weight you’ve lost, and how quickly you’ve lost the weight. As such, you shouldn’t be hard on yourself should you reach your goal weight and still feel as if you have a less-than-perfect “bikini body.” Be proud of where you are and what you’ve accomplished.
3: You may experience changes in relationships
Weight loss appears to be a purely personal endeavor, but it isn’t. Losing weight means you’ll likely change what you’re eating, what you’re doing in your spare time, and your social life. As such, you should expect some relationships to change.
Naturally, some conflict may emerge as you lose weight. Partners or friends may get jealous and relationships may weaken. However, it’s important to remain focused on yourself and your goals to prevent these issues from chipping away at your dedication.
4: What works for everyone else may not work for you
You may think that exercising daily and eating the same diet as your favorite health guru will lead to weight loss. However, this may not work for you. In fact, you may need to follow a different approach to strike a balance in your body and succeed in losing weight.
Exercising more, eating a certain way, or adopting other habits doesn’t mean you’re going to instantly lose weight. Your weight loss journey is about trial and error. Be open to changes and don’t become too set in your ways; this will only hinder success.
5: Others won’t always be supportive of you
As you lose weight and your family, friends, and coworkers notice this, you’re likely to receive more attention. However, not all this attention is wanted. In fact, some of it will come in the form of unsolicited advice or other unwelcome tips.
It’s important to remember that most people are well-intentioned in complimenting your new figure or efforts. And, by preparing yourself for these comments, you can ensure you aren’t caught off guard or otherwise thrown off during your weight loss.
Knowing what’s to come will only improve your weight loss journey
When you begin losing weight, you’ll notice how much you don’t know about what’s involved and how you’ll feel. By being mindful of the 5 points above, you can be prepared throughout your weight loss journey and maximize your chances of success!