There is little more inspiring than a dramatic transformation of health.
But in our typical narratives surrounding weight loss, tend to focus on the obvious health benefits, boosting self-esteem, sleep improved.
And if it is true that losing a few kilos more has a range of health benefits (longest diabetes and lower the risk of stroke and a life stronger bones, to name a few), there are often some challenges along the way that don 't always hear so much about.
We know it is not easy, here are some of the challenges that weight loss usually no one mentions.
1. Your perception of your body is not going to change overnight. A dramatic transformation should feel good - but what happens when it does?
"I still have trouble seeing what I've done these past two years," Kristin Griffin, who lost 83 pounds, told HuffPost in 2014. "The weight loss was the easy part, realize and see the new me has been a daily battle ".
"Many people attribute the disappointments of life to the fact that they are overweight, and think that if you lose weight, everything will be improved miraculously," clinical psychologistEd Abramson, Ph.D., author of emotional eating you tells The Huffington Post. "But the reality is that you are still you."
"At first, I thought I would just have this new confidence," Shannon Britton, who lost 268 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery, told CNN in 2014. "I would be thinner and want to run naked. OK, maybe not naked, but I had this fantasy in my head that one day I woke up with a body that loved me and I feel comfortable putting on a bikini - body would have no shame at all. "
In fact, says Abramson, body image may be the last thing to change along a transformation of this type; like people who have lost a limb may feel pain or tingling where once was, so can people believe that overweight before still occupy more space.
But that does not mean it is impossible to reach in time. "For the first couple of years of my trip, I still had trouble seeing myself as the new me," Maia Sutton, who lost 90 pounds, told HuffPost in 2013. "It was not until recently when I looked have! unexplainable epiphany and realized, I'm good enough I'm worth all this! For the first time in my life, I look in the mirror and I can say I look better. I find things to complement, rather than degrade . I am the safest I've been in my life. "
2. It is likely that excess skin. If you have lost a little weight, is likely to face a very real physical reminder of her disappearance: sagging, stretch marked skin. Unfortunately, there's really no measure of lifestyle that should be taken to avoid excess skin. "How to loose your skin gets after weight loss depends on several factors: the amount of weight you've lost, how old were you when you lost the weight, the number of times you have lost and gained weight back, and how fast you lost it (the faster you lose it, the less time you have to tighten your skin naturally), "the journal Health Women.
Some opt for surgery. Brian Beck, who lost over 300 pounds, told HuffPost in 2013 he had surgery to remove additional 10 pounds of excess skin alone. Of course, surgery of any kind can have serious health consequences, and surgery to remove excess skin is also typically not covered by insurance. "I'm happy, but I'm still stuck with a constant reminder of my past ... some serious mentally scar tissue," Robbie Siron, who lost 155 pounds, told HuffPost in 2014. "For me personally, I am also left with excess fur. I'm frustrated that my insurance company would pay for me to have a triple bypass, but not remove my excess skin. "
However, body image is also at stake, says Abramson. People who are frustrated by the excess skin to be at least a little skeptical of their own reflections are encouraged. "Sometimes when you look in the mirror, your brain plays tricks" he says. "The representation of the brain of your body may not be entirely accurate."
3. Some relationships may change. Maybe your new favorite training camp in conflict with their favorite TV-old who always wears religiously with a friend via snacks. Maybe your wife feels like its new heavy vegetarian dinners are silent his scolding make changes. As your habits become healthier, you may find less (or more) in common with certain people around you.
While new relationships forged in the gym or office group weight loss can be extremely motivating and empowering, research suggests older relationships, especially romantic, may suffer if a person loses weight and the other does not . One study even found a higher divorce rate among people who undergo weight loss surgery. The weight can serve as a kind of balance in a relationship, says Abramson. For example, he theorizes, a couple may feel more confident speaking against the other after losing weight or more concerned about the other leaving the relationship after losing weight. Siblings may even feel more rivalry after losing weight. "Bothered balance," he says, "and sometimes conflict arises."
4. Your new wardrobe can cost a pretty penny. Once you have reached your goal weight, you probably find yourself in need of a couple of new things to wear. The most dramatic transformation, chances are that you do not even need some tentative rags, and you might find yourself buying new clothes at various stops along your journey of weight loss.
"Although it was expensive, I get a big kick out of stores smaller or less each month clothes," Brad Bishop, who lost 65 pounds, told HuffPost in 2014. "My waist has shrunk by 7 inches. I have had to go to a leather shop several times to cut my belts and punch new holes in them. I needed to have links taken out my watch. "
Thrift shopping and swaps clothes with friends can help supplement your new wardrobe without completely clearing your portfolio. If you can hold off, postpone buying new clothes until you really need them, and reward yourself with something that is less dependent on size change as a result of new hair or piece of jewelry, says Abramson.
5. Others may think they are being supportive ... probably going to find some people to notice you're going through some changes. Many of these people will be perfectly supportive, compassionate and encouraging. Some do not. Since unsolicited advice to food triggers guilt pushing, no full attention will be welcome.
In fact, even the simple "You look great!" It may feel awkward straight-up. To begin with, has told how wonderful you look now can doubt what commentators previously thought. In some cases, focusing solely on the physical can be a trigger for some people with difficult relationships eating, weight loss or exercise. And in other cases, it might just be rude. "I'm not fat, I'm not thin, I'm reasonably well proportioned, and people wonder if I've lost weight," Abramson said. "[I want to tell you:] I would encourage people to change the subject 'Mind your own business!'".
Try to arm yourself with some clever comebacks, like these from Health.com, and know that what these people are really trying to say, no matter how painful it is to be proud ofyourself.