After a long battle with changing your habits and mindset, the hard part is over, and you’ve successfully lost weight. Unfortunately, those who have lost a lot of weight are now faced with new struggles that can affect their daily lives. Some of these include sagging skin, gallstones, and an unhealthy fixation on exercise and eating habits. Luckily, there are fixes to all of these problems, and you can be the person you aspire to be in no time. Here are some problems faced by people after weight loss and how to address them:
The number one complaint of people who lose a dramatic amount of weight is the excess skin on their body. Losing a lot of weight can cause breasts to sag and create unsightly folds along the stomach, arms, and thigh areas. This is unfortunate, because people who struggle to feel better about themselves post-weight loss still have self-confidence issues from excess skin. This can cause them to try to cover up their body more than they did when they were carrying more weight. This problem is often addressed by consulting a trusted cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Brian Howard. Cosmetic surgeons everywhere help patients feel good about their bodies and to finally celebrate the hard work they put into their weight loss. After fixing sagging skin, patients can wear the clothes that show off their body with confidence, and not have to worry about unsightly sagging.
It’s still not exactly clear what causes gallstones, but many people who lose weight in a short amount of time can have an increased risk of gallstones forming. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, gallstones are more likely to develop in people who lose more than three pounds in a week, compared to those who lose weight more slowly. Whether you have lost weight quickly or not, take care of your body by eating foods high in fiber and foods that contain healthy fats, such as fish and olive oil. Avoid eating refined grains and processed sugar to help you reduce your risk of developing gallstones. If you have already developed gallstones, they can be treated by various methods including surgically removing the gallbladder in a procedure called a cholecystectomy.
Obsessive Eating and Exercising Habits
Unfortunately, there can be too much of a good thing. Those who have worked hard to achieve their weight loss goals can often take things too far, and become obsessive about their exercise and eating habits. There is nothing wrong with being dedicated to health and fitness, but when it begins interfering with your life, it can be a huge problem. New fitness apps such as My Fitness Pal can be a huge game changer for many on the weight loss path, but counting calories can become extreme. If you refuse to attend social gatherings because of the food, or you are skipping out on family time because you absolutely have to run nine miles, you may need to rethink your habits. Both your body and mind will thank you for recognizing when to cut back and achieve a healthy balance of exercise and nutrition.
Continued Self-Confidence Issues
It is not uncommon for people who have lost weight to still struggle with self-confidence and many still see the “fat” version of themselves whenever they look in the mirror, despite the scale telling them otherwise. This can lead to serious self-confidence issues and, on a more serious scale, it can lead to depression. In the past, people who were heavier may have tried to combat these feelings by eating more food. A lack of self-confidence can trigger you to fall off the weight loss wagon and try to eat your feelings once more, causing you to lose all the work you fought so hard for. For this reason, many people who have a dramatic weight loss seek counseling services. If you would rather not see a therapist one-on-one, there are other alternatives, such as group meetings for support.
Don’t Suffer in Silence
You have taken a serious stance on getting healthy and achieved your weight loss goals. This is something that you should be incredibly proud of. Many of us highlight the success of dropping pounds, but few care to recognize the struggles that can come after. Don’t let these problems rule your life and your confidence by suffering in silence. Being proactive about these problems can allow you to look and feel your best, just like you deserve.