Impact Of Losing Weight

Impact Of Losing Weight

Impact Of Losing Weight
Losing weight can be one of the best things you can do for your physical and emotional health. It can slash your risk of illness, help prevent a cancer diagnosis and improve your self-esteem. But not all weight loss is created equal. Losing weight too quickly and you risk malnutrition, dehydration and even hair loss. It's recommended that for effective weight loss, stick to dropping two pounds a week and always keep in mind – it's a marathon, not a sprint.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    How might losing weight affect my emotions?

    Without food as a crutch, some people who lose a lot of weight become more emotional. In this video, comedian and Dr. Oz Show guest Lisa Lampanelli discusses the emotional effects of shedding over 80 pounds.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that avoiders typically have feelings of inadequacy and are hypersensitive to being negatively evaluated. Identifying with four or more of the following statements means you have strong avoidance tendencies.
    1. I avoid work activities that involve close interpersonal contact—not because of my sporadic deodorant use, but because I fear criticism or rejection.
    2. Unless I know I'm going to be liked, I'm hesitant to get involved in relationships.
    3. When I'm in social situations, I feel more inept than an umpire with a detached retina.
    4. My shirt's not coming off unless the lights are going off.
    5. All of my social situations feel like high school; I'm preoccupied with being criticized or rejected.
    6. I don't engage in risky activities because my biggest fear is the risk of embarrassment.
    7. In new interpersonal situations, I feel the same way I feel at the beach—shy, inhibited, and would do anything to be somewhere else.
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    The following are suggestions of what to do if you are in a relationship and want to lose weight:
    • Communicate honestly. Tell your partner what you are trying to do, but don't expect an immediate buy-in. Just because you are calling steamed veggies your dinner, he or she may not feel the same -- don't push your agenda.
    • Continue eating together. If you are eating little pre-packaged meals and your partner is not, that doesn't mean you can't eat together. Create something like a salad that you can eat together, and then you eat yours and your partner eats what they want.
    • Try to be active together. If you are taking a walk on a weekend, ask him or her to come along, but don't guilt your partner into being active. (Additionally, vigorous sex is actually a good source of aerobic exercise -- so consider suggesting that.)
    • Don't do a cupboard purge without asking. Your better half is going to be mad as hell if he or she comes home from work and finds that the goodies are missing. This goes back to communication; this is your decision to lose weight, ideally you are on the same page -- but give your partner time to adjust.
    Change is always good, but never easy -- don't let your partner's fear of change (or love of carbs) keep you from becoming a better and healthier you. Try to keep it collaborative; don't get preachy. By taking care of you, you are, in theory, taking care of the relationship. And if it does end after the pounds are shed -- it probably wasn't working in the first place.
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    Effects of Weight Loss on Sex Drive
    Weight loss, especially losing belly fat, allows your hormones to work the way they are supposed to and reignites your sex life.

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    When one person in a relationship makes the decision to lose weight, what can happen? Well, obviously this can be a good thing; ix -- healthier meals, healthier food in the house, more activity. If this is done together, everyone is a winner. But as with most health behavior changes, no one wants to be told what to do. Smokers don't like being told to quit; drinkers don't like being told to stop; and people who like their burgers and fries resent being told otherwise.

    At the end of the day, weight loss by one member of a relationship is not going to destroy a strong relationship. If the relationship is good, it will not only withstand such a transition, but both partners can benefit. If the relationship was already fractured, any transition will put the relationship at risk.
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    Losing weight in general does not mean you will have increased athletic performance. Depending on your sport or position, losing weight may or may not help your performance. An offensive lineman may get faster by losing body fat, but an endurance athlete, who already has low body fat, may get faster only by increasing strength.

    (This answer provided for NATA by the Appalachian State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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    After you lose weight, your fat cells shrink, but your skin doesn't. When you lose a modest amount of weight, this effect is not particularly noticeable. But people who lose a large amount of weight, such as 100 pounds, often find that they're left with sagging skin. It can be disappointing to lose a significant amount of weight through diet and exercise, and have your appearance not be what you would like it to be. Sagging skin can also cause minor health problems such as rashes.
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    Knee pain is a relatively common and debilitating health problem that affects balance and the ability to walk normally. Knee pain can be caused by past or present injuries or by medical conditions like arthritis. Losing weight can help prevent or cure some types of knee pain. The science behind how weight loss benefits knee pain is simple. When you lose weight, less pressure is applied to your joints, including your knees. Discuss your knee issues with your doctor, and ask what kind of exercise might be best for your situation.

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    Losing excess weight can have a major impact on your health and quality of life. Here's what losing weight can do for your heart:
    • Ease your heart's workload
    • Help reduce other cardiac risk factors, such as high cholesterol and diabetes
    • Make it easier for you to be physically active
    When you lose weight, you also reduce risks for other health problems. You'll probably feel better, too -- people who've succeeded at weight loss say they have more energy and a better outlook.
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    I have seen people go off medications for diabetes and high blood pressure after they lost weight. It is possible, if you eat healthy, lose weight, and get daily physical activity. However, it may work for some people but not others. Always consult with a physician and don't go off your medication unless the doctor says it's okay. Healthy eating and physical activity can make a huge, positive impact on your life.
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