Losing weight can be one of the best things in life, especially if you are overweight and unhealthy like I was. Buying new clothes and taking new pictures and overall feeling better are the many benefits that come from losing weight, but no one ever tells the bad stuff. I don’t know; maybe saying bad stuff is the wrong way to put it, but I know that there are things I was unaware would happen once the weight came off.
If you are joining me for the first time, I am Amanda Jordan, and I have personally lost 100 pounds, and I am now not only an author but a fitness coach as well. Click here to read more about my journey and how I keep the weight off and stay healthy.
Losing weight has literally saved my life, and throughout the entire process of learning how to be healthy, no one ever told me that there were some adverse side effects to losing weight.
1. Hello Wrinkles
Yes, wrinkles suddenly start to appear as you get smaller. If you are obese like I was, you have probably noticed that you don’t have a lot of wrinkles as you age. One of the best parts of being curvy and plump is that your face is also round and plump. Up until the last few years, I was always told how young I still looked. I loved running into people I went to school with because they always looked so much older than I did. Well, as the weight comes off, it comes off all over, including your face, and guess what? Those aging wrinkles have been hiding under your smooth, plump face, just waiting to come out. Can we say, “Hello, face cream!”
Never fear this is all part of getting older and getting healthier. One of the greatest tips I have found to help my face is water. Yes, water is the key to a bright look because your skin needs hydrations just like your body. Check out my article on the many benefits of drinking water and if you are someone who does not like the taste of their water, then here are 22 ways to make it taste better.
2. Loose Skin
Loose skin is one of the worst side effects of losing weight. It makes sense as we get bigger, our skin stretches to cover all the excess fat we have taken on, which means once we lose that fat, the skin has no place to go but down. Skin can be hard to manage, especially as you get older. When we are young, our skin can bounce back pretty well, but as we get older, it is not so easy, and the more weight you have to lose, the more skin will progress.
Making sure that you are doing strength training exercises while losing weight will help you build muscle, and the loose skin won’t be so bad. If you end up with a lot of excess skin that you notice to become a problem or even painful, then I recommend that you consider a body lift to remove excess skin. This procedure can be costly and is rarely covered by insurance, but it might be an option to consider.
3. You said WHAT?
After weight loss, one of the hardest things you will deal with is the over-dramatic comments that people will say to you. Yes, we all love compliments, and hearing someone say, “Wow, you look fabulous,” is a fantastic feeling. We love that people notice our hard work, and it can be motivating to keep working hard when someone compliments us. No one tells you that sometimes people can be over the top, and words can hurt. You will start to hear comments like, “Whoa, you lost a Ton of weight.” I don’t know about you, but being compared to a ton does not make me feel good. That also goes hand in hand with people who suddenly start coming around again once you lose weight because they were embarrassed to be seen with a fat person, but more on that later.
The plus side of this is that, for the most part, people are trying to compliment you, but they are struggling to find the right words, and in the end, they just keep telling you how fat you used to be. I have found that just nodding and smiling usually helps, but if a person goes too far, I remind them that I am aware of how big I was, they change their tone.
These are just a few things to be prepared for as you continue your journey to a healthy life. Always remember that this road may be challenging, but it is so worth it. I wish I had been warned about this ahead of time, as it would have saved me a lot of grief.
Lots of love