25 Surprising Things That Happen When You Lose Weight
You did it! After countless months of dieting, sprinting, and saying “no” to happy hour, you’ve finally reached your weight loss goal. Although you look and feel great, you’ve probably already come to realize that having a tighter tummy means your life is changing in unexpected ways—some awesome and some kinda inconvenient. (This is what we’d call a “happy problem.”) Read on to discover 25 who-knew consequences of shedding the pounds, plus ways to deal with each. And to maintain your hot new bod for life, check out these 20 Ways to Keep Off the Weight Forever.
1.You’ll Need a Cardigan
When you trim down—even just 10 percent of your body weight— your thyroid hormone levels can dip, which can make you feel chilly more often than not, says the director of the Weight Control Center at Columbia University Medical Center Judith Korner.
Buy a few new cardigans and sweaters to keep handy. Stash one in a desk drawer, keep one in your car, and a stash a sweat-wicking option in your gym bag.
2.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.
Don’t change your medication routine without speaking with your M.D. first!
3.You’ll Need a New Morning Routine
When you lost fat from your thighs and belly, your face slimmed down, too. In theory, this sounds like a good thing, but having some fat under your skin can hide the appearance of fine lines and sagging, keeping your complexion youthful and vibrant.
You don’t have to pick between your fanny and your face—just load up vitamin C! A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that for every milligram increase in daily vitamin C, you reduce your risk of wrinkles by 11 percent! Superfoods like papaya, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, red bell peppers are all rich in the nutrient. Plumping creams and high-quality moisturizers can also be helpful. Speak to your derm to get a recommendation that’s right for you.
4.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.
Try healthy foods you never enjoyed before. (Like these 25 Best Foods for a Toned Body!) In your trimmer frame, they may become new favorites that can help you maintain your weight loss in the long run.
5.You’ll Be Super Horny
Nope, it’s not just your imagination. As your BMI dips, you’re more easily aroused—and it’s all thanks to rising testosterone levels. In one Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism study, heavier men had T-levels comparable to gents nearly a full decade older. You may also feel less self-conscious in the nude, which can increase your desire to get it on, too.
Before hopping into bed, be sure to check out these 30 Best Proteins for Your Penis!
6.Sex Will Be More Satisfying
If you thought sex was awesome before, wait until you get it on in your new, leaner bod! In a Duke University Medical Center survey of 1,210 people of varying weights, obese people were 25 times more likely to report dissatisfaction with their time between the sheets than their leaner counterparts.
In the study, a mere 10 percent loss of body weight was shown to skyrocket sexual satisfaction. So, even if you’re not quite where you want to be with your physique yet, you can still reap the rewards in the bedroom.
7.You Won’t Know What to Wear
If you’ve shopped at plus sized or “big and tall” stores for most of your life, it’s understandable if you may feel like a fish out of water in the “skinny stores.” It’s also normal to be unsure what will best complement your new flat belly and fell overwhelmed by the cost of outfitting your new bod.
If you’ve lost 20 pounds or more, new clothing is a must. But if you’ve lost less than that, a skilled tailor may be able to salvage some of your favorite pieces. In some cases, this can save you tons of cash! If you’re set on buying new duds, head to a smaller store where a sales associate can lead you through the process of updating your wardrobe. If you’re comfortable, tell the associate you’ve just lost weight, and you’re not quite sure where to start. Many associates will be happy to help you! On the flip side, department stores offer less individualized attention.
8.You’re Happiness May Not Change
Many people equate weight loss with happiness, but that’s rarely the case. You may not feel more confident right away, either.
To improve your happiness, you’ll need to address any underlying emotional issues—whether they contributed to your initial weight gain or not. Seek professional help if you feel you need it and read over these 30 Ways to Be Happier This Year for some supplemental smile-enhancing tips!
9.People May Criticize You
As you may have already discovered, when it comes to diet, exercise and weight loss, everyone is super nosy and opinionated. You’ll likely find that your friends and family will say things like, “I could never” and “I don’t know how you did it that way.”
Shake it off. People’s opinions are often a reflection of their own self-worth; don’t let it change your opinions or alter your weight loss journey.
10.Or People May Not Even Notice
On the flip side, some people won’t even notice that you’ve shed your infamous man boobs or jiggly bat wings. The reason: You need to shed about 9 pounds before it becomes noticeable in your face. And unless you’re a lifeguard or a nudist, that’s the part of your body that recent research says people notice the most when it comes to weight loss.
11.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.
To make the most of your nightly slumber, check out these 30 Things to Do 30 Minutes Before Bed to Lose Weight.
12.You’ll Get Better at Sudokus
Slimmer bod, smarter brain? Maybe. According to a study in the journal Neurology, heavier men have poorer memories and cognitive skills than trimmer men.
13.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.
14.Your Kids Eat Healthier
If you want your kids to eat bananas, you have to eat bananas. Same goes for salad and whole grains. And get this: If your child is overweight, your weight loss may benefit them, as well. A University of California study found that for every unit decrease in a parent’s BMI, their children lose one-quarter of theirs. Simply put, a parent’s weight loss has a trickle down effect on their children.
15.Your Partner May Not Be Supportive
After you’ve shed the pounds, your partner may feel threatened. They may worry that you’ll get romantic attention from more people, or they may feel uncomfortable by your new healthy lifestyle—especially if they know they should also make changes to improve their health.
Don’t let this dissuade you from your rapid weight loss goals. Simply being aware that this may happen should help to mentally prepare you.
16.Your S.O. May Lose Weight, Too
Alternatively, your weight loss and healthy lifestyle choice may encourage your partners to set some better body goals of their own, too! If not for your hubby or your girlfriend, maybe your parents, siblings, or close friends will decide to follow in your footsteps.
17.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. It also couldn’t hurt to tell them about these 44 Ways to Lose 4 Inches of Body Fat!
18.You’ll Need to Re-Size Your Rings
When your gut shrinks, so do your fingers. You may find that rings that you once wore every day are now a bit loose. Thankfully, most local jewelry stores can re-size rings while you wait.
19.You Need New Shoes
The same logic holds true for your feet. (Yes, you once had fat stuffed into your shoes!) Boots that were once tight around your calves may start to feel or look too loose, and it may begin to feel like your sneakers and flats are far too wide. The good news? Heels will be far more comfortable since they’ll be underneath a lighter you!
20.People May Not Recognize You
While it’s unlikely that anyone close to you won’t recognize your face, don’t be surprised if coworkers from satellite offices or acquaintances do a double take when they see the trimmer you for the first time.
21.You Find Out Who Your Real Friends Are
When your body changes, so do your relationships. Most of your friends will be happy for you, but it’s possible that a handful will be jealous and resentful—especially if your friendship was built on a mutual understanding of what it’s like to be overweight.
If this happens to you, ask your friend what’s up. Tell them that you value their friendship, and ask if you can talk about why they’ve been acting differently toward you. If they are open to talking about it, you can likely work things out.
22.You’ll Lose Your Sweet Tooth
After months of eating clean and seeing how amazing you look as a result, Oreos and Twix may no longer sing your siren song.
It may take you by surprise at first, but go with the flow! Just don’t forget to allow yourself to indulge in moderation if the mood happens to strike. Staying lean for life is all about balance.
23.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.
Give your doc a call before you start weaning yourself off any of your meds. And to ensure that you stay healthy and trim for life, make sure your avoid these 40 Bad Habits That Lead to a Fat Belly.
24.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!
Sick of your go-to recipes? Check out these 20 Best-Ever Recipes for Zero Belly to maintain your fabulous new figure!
25.You’ll Move to the Moon
—or maybe just live long enough to see someone else settle in up there. A leaner you = a longer life. But hey, you probably already knew that.