Gas, cravings, and irritability can all come with weight loss.
By Toni Gasparis
Weight loss can do a lot of good for our bodies. Physically, it can help relieve stress on our organs and it can lessen our chances of developing health issues. Mentally and emotionally, it can improve our mood and confidence levels. But there are some things that happen with weight loss that could be viewed in a negative light while you are on your journey. While you may experience these bumps in the road, losing weight is a worthwhile pursuit, especially if it means improving your quality of life and overall health. Make sure you are fully prepared for all the aspects of weight loss by reading this guide from fitness writer and nutritionist SJ McShane and speak to your physician before making any major changes to your diet.
You May Be Irritable
Irritability when dieting is a sign that you need to change your eating habits. Being in a bad mood is usually indicative of low blood sugar. “When you restrict calories too much or wait too long between meals, blood glucose plummets. Because glucose (sugar) is what your brain uses for fuel, going too long between meals or not eating enough, can disrupt brain function and cause fatigue, irritability, and even confusion. When blood sugar drops too low, your body is then forced to increase its production of cortisol to maintain minimum glucose to the brain, which can cause depression and irritability,” says McShane. So make sure you are eating enough calories to sustain yourself throughout the day, but not too many to make you gain weight again. On the bright side, positive changes to your diet can not only make you lose weight but also help you feel better and have more energy.