“I read information telling what happens to your body when you stop smoking – how your lungs clear up, you breathe better, all on a sort of time line. Is there anything like that for weight loss? Like how losing 5, 10, 15lbs, etc., affects you? I have lost a little over 50 lbs this year, and I do notice more energy, I was just wondering if there were a weight loss “time line” type of thing I can share with my fellow diet club members?“
Hey Glinda, great question! First of all, congrats on removing 50 pounds this year. By the way, I never say “lost” because one of my patients once told me that if you lost your keys, wouldn’t you want to find them again? She suggested “remove” instead, as it is about making permanent changes
In answer to your question, we need to talk about a number of qualifiers. First, it is assumed that an individual’s weight removal was done in a healthy way with appropriate nutrition and physical activity. This is very important. Starving, binging, yoyo dieting and not doing any exercise are clearly not the way to go and will not provide the most positive effects. Optimal results are only gotten when you remove weight correctly.
Second, the shape you are in to start must be taken into consideration. The worse the shape you’re in on day one, the greater the difference you’ll feel with any weight reduction. For instance, let’s say you’re a long term runner living a healthy lifestyle, and you gain 10 pounds due to a busy schedule. When you drop the weight, you’ll feel great. But, the difference is not as big when compared with someone who was rarely active and 50 pounds overweight and who dropped it all and has embarked on a whole new lifestyle. That person will really feel big changes.
Finally, it also depends upon the individual’s age, gender, genetics, current medical conditions (mental and physical), medications, stresses, present lifestyle behaviors.
Because all of these variables exist, it’s impossible to create a precise time line correlating weight reduction and effects. However, what I’ve done is create for you a generic list of twelve gifts you give yourself for any amount of excess fat you remove from your body using healthy lifestyle behaviors. The great news is that everyone can feel these benefits at some time along their weight reduction journey. The twelve gifts include:
- Increased energy level;
- Better sleep, awakening more rested and refreshed;
- Improved mood, attitude, as well as specific psychological disorders (depression, eating disorders, distorted body image, and low self- esteem);
- Decreased cholesterol levels;
- Lowered blood pressure;
- Improved blood sugar levels;
- Increased ability to move around more easily;
- Fewer aches and pains;
- Less shortness of breath on exertion;
- Greater disease prevention: heart, diabetes and cancer (endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon);
- Improved pregnancy outcome as well as improvement in menstrual irregularities, infertility, and irregular ovulation;
- High quality life and greater longevity.
OK Glinda. Go ahead and share with your fellow healthy lifestyle club members and good luck to all of you!