I came across an interesting click-bait-y article (yes, I fell for the clickbait… again) today, titles similarly to this one, about the side effects of weight loss.
If that article already exists, why am I writing this?
Great question, stranger reading this!
Because I want to give you the other side of the story and shed a little light.
The article mentioned all these terrible potential side effects of weight loss..
Such as nausea, dizziness, fatigue, etc.
This got me curious, so then I Googled, “side effects of weight loss” and I got similar results.
CAN weight loss cause those things? Sure, if you do it wrong.
Petting puppies can also cause those things.. If you do it wrong.
“How do you pet puppies wrong that can cause nausea?!”
Again, great question, random reader!
Go pet some puppies in 90 degree heat, after running a mile, not eating all day, and wearing a winter coat.
Feeling nauseous and dizzy yet?
Of course, but now you’re thinking, that’s ridiculous, no one would do that and expect to feel good after.
You’d be right.
The thing the article didn’t mention is that those side effects aren’t typical, unless you aren’t losing weight “the right way.”
Meaning… you’re starving yourself, going overload on the cardio, trying some crazy “weight loss pill”, or basically any ‘get rich quick scheme’ turned weight loss attempt.
Shameless plug here: If you’re serious about getting fit and want to do it the right way, take the 8 week challenge! (We have both home & gym options, so no excuses!)
Anyway, so I thought I’d try to spread the word on the side effects of weight loss that ARE typical.
Common POSITIVE Side Effects of Weight Loss
Whether you’ve reached your goal weight, are still working on it, or are just getting started….
Seriously, stop right now and congratulate yourself.
Losing weight is no walk in the park.
….I mean technically, part of it could be, but that’s beside the point.
Do you know how many people each and every day say “I want to lose weight!” or “I wish I could lose weight!”?
..but then they plop down on the couch with a bag of chips and don’t do squat about it (no pun intended).
I don’t know the exact number, but I can guarantee you it’s A LOT.
But not you, no.. you’re out here making moves!
If this article is one of the first stops on your weight loss journey, I hope reading about these additional benefits can help keep you motivated to continue!
Okay, so… Besides looking fabulous, losing weight comes with a whole slew of amazing side effects that rarely get mentioned.
1. More confidence.
If you stick with it long enough, there will come a time a time that you look in the mirror and go DAMN!
Yes, of course, you’re going to look good.
But more importantly, you’re going to FEEL good.
You’ll WANT to wear that new dress and go out with your friends to show it off..
And you’re going to feel damn good in it too.
Of course being at a healthy weight is, well, good for your health..
But it’s also good for your mind, for your confidence, for your spirit.
Each and every one of you deserves to look in the mirror and think “damn I look good!”
My hope is that you already think that, but if you don’t, then my goal is get you to where you need to be in order to believe it!
Don’t feel bad if you don’t already feel that way.
I’ve been on the other end and felt horrible about myself and the way I looked.
I promise if you stick with it, there will be brighter days.
Fitness isn’t about looking good for other people, or fitting in a certain size, it’s about feeling amazing in your own skin.. and not settling for one ounce short of amazing.
2. Increased mental toughness.
Let’s be clear here.. Losing weight is NOT a physical challenge. It’s a MENTAL challenge.
So if you’ve lost weight, you are mentally tough AF.
You don’t need to be able to run a marathon to lose weight.
You just need to be able to be mentally strong enough to keep going even when your brain begs for mercy.
Your brain WILL beg for mercy.. Long before your body does.
It will beg you for the cookie.
It will coax you into believing ‘one little piece of pizza won’t hurt’.
It will do everything in its power to convince you that “you need a rest a day”.
If you are able to make it through that in order to lose the weight, you will have built up a level of mental toughness that rivals the best of the best.
3. Realizing you have the ability to achieve anything.
Once you’ve felt and understand the last point (aka side effect), you will realize there is not a single thing on this green earth that can stop you.
If you want something, you. will. get. It.
Having gone through a weight loss journey, you will begin to realize that ANY goal you have is just a matter of focus and consistency.
If you want something, no matter what it is, you KNOW you are capable of achieving it if you want it bad enough.
4. Having more energy & feeling stronger.
One of the most common things I hear from my clients is they can’t get over how much more energy they have overall.
More energy to play with their kids, to get their work done.. overall more energy and motivation for life.
5. Sleeping better.
Go workout hard AF and then let me know how much better you sleep.
Not only will exhausting yourself through exercise help you to sleep better, but so will having cleaned up your diet!
6. Clearer skin.
If you’re on a weight loss journey, your probably drinking a crap ton of water.
If you’re not…. What are you doing?! Go drink some more water!
Seriously though, getting enough water (at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day) will make a significant impact on your results.
All that water isn’t just great for assisting your weight loss goals, it’s also AMAZING for you skin and hair.
Those are just a few of the many amazing positive side effects from losing weight, but the most important takeaway is that you are transforming into the best, most beautiful, confident, happy, healthy, badass version of YOU possible.. So get after it!!
If you need help along your journey, I’d love for you to consider the 8 Week Alpha Woman Total Body Transformation Challenge.. Whew that’s a mouthful!
Rightfully so.. It’s PACKED with 8 full weeks worth of workouts laid out in an easy to follow, day by day format, a super simple nutrition guide, tips on staying accountable, and more:
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