If you’ve finally reached your dream weight loss goal, then well done! But while you’re feeling and looking amazing, you’ve probably noticed that shedding pounds comes with a few unexpected surprises. Here are a few of the changes that might occur. So watch out for these!
- You Need New Shoes
When you lose weight, you lose fat from your entire body. That includes your feet. So don’t be surprised when your heel starts slipping out of your favourite shoes. The good news: Boots will be easier to zip up around your slimmer calves, and heels won’t hurt as much, since they’re be supporting a lighter you.
- You feel cold a lot of the time
You refuse to take off your jacket in a movie theatre, and getting stuck under a restaurant air conditioning vent feels like torture. Fat is a natural insulator, so you become more sensitive to changes in temperature as you lose pounds. Get into the habit of keeping a cardigan in your bag.
- Saggy Skin
You will have a lot of excess skin after dropping the pounds. As the skin stretches, it isn’t always able to snap back to what it was before. Sometimes surgery is the only solution. Extra skin is a fact of life for many people who shed 50 or more pounds, although losing it gradually, eating more protein and exercising can help.
Age also plays a role. Your skin produces more collagen and elastin when you’re younger, giving it elasticity.
If you’ve lost weight, use a body lotion that contains ammonium lactate, which, research has shown, thickens the dermis (the layer of skin that contains collagen and elastin). This ingredient, in over-the-counter brands like AmLactin and CeraVe Renewing SA cream, may help skin return to its former state.
- You may need a new beauty regimen
There’s a reason it’s called baby fat. Fat under the skin on your face makes it appear plump and youthful. When you lose weight—even as little as 10 pounds—the skin sags, creating wrinkles. One study found a correlation between sedentary behavior and accelerated thinning of the dermis. This middle layer of the skin, where the youth-preserving proteins collagen and elastin live, gradually decreases as we get older. Preliminary research presented at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting suggests that exercise may slow this process, causing changes in the cells that make the skin look younger. Certain over-the-counter ingredients can also bring back that youthful glow. Apply one of the new plumping creams, with intensive hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, to help fill in wrinkles, or a moisturizer with light-reflecting pigments like dimethicone to minimize lines.aa