What to Expect When You Lose Weight

Gas, cravings, and irritability can all come with weight loss.

What to Expect When You Lose Weight

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.


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You May Be Irritable

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.

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Is This the Key to Ultimate Hydration?

See how electrolytes work in your body.

Is This the Key to Ultimate Hydration?

Whether you're trying to stay hydrated for your workout routine or rehabilitation, recovery and hydration is so important to keeping your body performing like it should. So how do you make sure that happens? You need electrolytes — the minerals that give electrical power to your body. What the video below to see how they get to work inside your body and how you seamlessly add them to your day.

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