Losing weight can be a major confidence booster and leave your body feeling healthy. But there are quite a few weight loss side effects you may experience that you wouldn’t predict. Curious about weight loss and the many ways it may change your body? We’ve rounded up some common yet unexpected weight loss side effects that can happen whether you drop pounds rapidly or you lose a substantial amount over time.
1. Your Period May Disappear
Here’s what’s going on: Your ovaries get a signal from your brain to pump out progesterone and estrogen, the two female sex hormones. Estrogen aids in building your uterine lining, and if you don’t get pregnant, your body will shed this roughly every month or so. Restricting calories and exercising a lot triggers a response in your body that affects hormone levels, which causes your period to disappear. Staying within a healthy BMI range is important for keeping your menstrual cycle regular, so if you’re missing your period, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor.
2. Your Skin Can Become Loose
Another weight loss side effect you may experience is sagging, excess skin. While you’re in the process of losing weight, you might hope for your body to look tight and toned once you’ve reached your goal, but oftentimes, loose skin is the reality.
Whether or not you’ll end up with loose skins depends on how long you were overweight—the longer that period of time was, the less likely it is your skin will be able to bounce back. Your skin also becomes less elastic as you get older. Excess skin is purely a cosmetic issue. Building muscle can help, but the only way to truly tighten up that loose, sagging skin is through surgery.
3. You’ll Feel Cold More Often
Now that you’ve lost weight, you might be wondering why you’re cold all the time, even when it’s warm outside. The truth is, fat is an insulator. Once it’s gone, you don’t have that built-in insulation to keep you warm anymore, and that explains why a common weight loss side effect is feeling cold. Keep a sweater in your purse so that you can heat yourself up the next time you feel chilly.
4. You Won’t Crave Sweets as Much
If you always used to snack on candy before losing weight, you might be surprised that, now that you’re off your diet, you just don’t care for sweets as much anymore. Sugar is addictive, and the more you eat, the more you crave it. When you nix sugar, you actually lose your desire for it. You might also find that you’re satisfied with a much smaller amount of dessert than you were prior to losing weight.
5. You May Experience Hair Loss
Certain diets might have you skip out on foods that have essential nutrients—and that could lead to dull, weak hair as well as hair loss. There are certain foods that are key for healthy hair, so load your plate with salmon, spinach, nuts, and anything else with protein, omega-3s, and vitamin D. If you’re concerned about thinning hair, visit your dermatologist who can recommend treatment options.
6. You Could Have Trouble Sleeping
If you’re wondering about weight loss and what other side effects it can have, know that trouble sleeping could be one of them. Changes to your diet can impact your ability to snooze. Two types of foods that can help you get back on track are protein and carbs because the combination increases your level of tryptophan—an amino acid that promotes sleep.
7. Your Mood Can Change
Focusing on weight loss gives you a goal to reach. Once you meet that goal, however, you might be wondering what comes next—and that could leave you feeling seriously bummed. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to boost your mood.
On the other hand, you may find that losing weight has given you an energy boost, and that your mood has improved. Make sure you pay attention to how you’re feeling as you start to see results on the scale.
8. Your Relationships Are Different
Once you’ve lost weight, you may not want to hit the bar for happy hour or indulge in brunch every week, and that can leave you isolated from your group of friends. Make an effort to hang with your pals in different settings—invite them to your favorite workout class or over to your apartment to whip up a healthy meal. You can still enjoy their company while maintaining your diet.
If you have stubborn fat that has been resistent to diet and exercise, SculpSure® treatments can help permanently reduce the number of fat cells in areas including your tummy, thighs, back, love handles, and under your chin. Now that you’re aware of how weight loss can affect your body in a myriad of ways, go forth and reach your goals confidently!