Contributed by: Anjali Dharra
“The distance between who I am and who I want to be is only separated by what I do”.
In this contemporary era, body weight is a key concern for everyone. However, reducing weight and maintaining weight loss is notoriously difficult.
But it can be achieved by indulging in some new and effective weight management strategies. Gaining and reducing body weight is inextricably linked with diet.
Due to unhealthy eating habits, nowadays, it is quite easy for individuals to gain weight.
Some people often add some healthy diets to their routine to maintain wholesome body weight and that is proven to be worth it.
Sometimes, people reduce it to an extent that the body gets affected by an excessive reduction in body weight.
You must have listened to several health benefits of reducing and maintaining healthy body weight. But if excessive reduction happens, it may lead to some severe health setbacks.
In the modern world, it is obvious for people to get a slim trim body so that they can show their fitness as well as feel that their bodies are flexible.
This can be true to a certain extent.
Dropping five to ten per cent of body weight can make you feel active and rejuvenating, moreover, can prevent your body from chronic health conditions such as cardiac illnesses and diabetes as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The countless benefits of lowering body weight when you are obese or overweight include:
- The body has more energy.
- Diminishing the risks of health complications such as diabetes, depression, sleep apnea, impotence, cardiovascular diseases, spinal pain, blood pressure issues, and some forms of cancer as well.
But dropping weight to about 30 to 40% of your healthy body weight can have some harmful effects on the body. In addition to that, people opt for exercise and diet plans that reduce their weight instantly which also exposes the body to severe health complications.
However, every so often, losing body weight in larger amounts have extreme consequences and unexpected side effects.
These side effects can be:
- Mood swings
- Irregular appetite
- Fluctuations in the body system
- Potential changes to relationships (personal or professional)
While the pros of slimming down outweigh the cons, these potential consequences can forestall you from reaching your set weight loss goal.
Reducing each kilogram of weight makes people feel elated, specifically those who are trying to slim down for longer.
Actually, dropping excess weight can enhance the risk of depression so think twice before reducing weight.
It is also advisable to follow a healthy diet plan and physical exercise on a routine basis to stay active and healthy.
Below are some of the weird body side effects that can occur because of imbalanced body weight.
One of the most unexpected changes that most people aren’t prepared for is loose and sagging skin.
Skin stretches over time to accommodate the extra body mass. When you lose weight in excess, the skin may not have the elasticity to shrink back down to your existing body shape.
If you have a little sagging skin, you should build muscles to make your skin tauter which can be achieved by inculcating protein-rich diets. Otherwise, plastic surgery would be an option if you get extreme loose skin.
Nowadays, it is obvious to team up with your partner to lose weight or attain a healthy lifestyle.
This not only bolsters the relationship but also improves the chances of success. However, if this plan is not properly planned, it drastically impacts your relationship as a one-sided lifestyle transformation can make the partner feel inferior and often lead to strong arguments and hard feelings between the two.
It might also happen that your partner can feel neglected, jealous, or guilty. So, explain to your partner the whole scenario and why the weight reduction is important to you so that he or she will understand you and support you in your decision.
It is often seen that people who reduce weight drastically can develop gallstones; hard deposits of minerals and salts that accumulate in the gallbladder.
If you burn excess fat, the gallbladder is not allowed to contract as frequently which results in an increase in the concentration of bile in the gallbladder and hence forms stones.
Inculcate fat in your diet plan to allow the gallbladder to function properly.
Your ferocious appetite could be a reason that you are consuming low-calorie foods or might be the possibility that your metabolism has not yet adjusted to your new eating habits. Whatever the reason, you should take this as a normal activity.
Your move should be to hit the gym and engage yourself in physical activities to reinforce your mental fortitude.
Everyone gets an intense desire for certain foods and flavours. You must be one of them. It may be a bowl of ice cream or a pint of Cherry Garcia and maybe a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Whatever your craving is for, it is probably not going to be for kale.
Well, it’s good to give in to temptation but the best way to avoid cravings is to eat foods that make you feel fuller for longer. High-protein and fibre-rich foods can aid in increasing satiety.
A person might feel cranky while dropping weight in large amounts. It’s good to lose weight but within limits.
Would you like it when you snap at your partner, family, or dear ones after reducing a few pant sizes?
Definitely, not, your soul is not growing meaner as you grow meaner.
As you progress into a leaner version of yourself, you possibly think “why didn’t I do this sooner?”
But, rapidly losing weight is not going to benefit your body. Instead, one should opt for a good consultant who can advise you about a healthy range of body weight and can suggest how much weight one can reduce by looking at his or her body mass profile.
A healthy and fit body always looks good and is admired by ample individuals. Prefer to maintain healthy diet plans and hence a healthy body weight.
Although you need to create a healthy calorie deficit, you should do this with the help of a dietitian or can opt for genetic testing to get an insight into your weight management parameters as well as what diet suits you the most for maintaining good body weight.
Apart from that, one can also opt for health screenings to know how his or her body vitals for a better understanding of reducing or gaining weight.
As an add-on, make a habit of taking preventive health checkups as they can help you in getting a complete insight into your health. This will also help you with taking measures to promote your overall well-being.