This Is How Losing Weight Can Affect Your Body and Brain

According to statistics, almost 3/4th of the American population will end up being obese by 2020. As far back as 2014, the CDC reported that 36.5% of US adults above 20 were obese. Children aren’t faring better with the number of obese children being 17%. If there is one activity that should be foremost on people’s minds, it is losing weight. By losing weight, your body undergoes several beneficial changes that aren’t just cosmetic but you feel them as well. By losing weight, not only do you prevent heart problems, you improve your overall health because less fat means less cholesterol and a properly functioning body. Here’s what actually happens when you lose weight.

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1Losing weight is like trekking or hiking in the mountains

Have you ever experienced a hike or a trek in the mountains? The first 30 minutes may want to make you quite especially if you have a backpack and you are climbing up a slope. It can get tiring with sudden pain in your calves that make you wonder whether you should turn back. But if you get over those initial 30 minutes, the rest isn’t so bad because your body adjusts to the pressure of the hike. It is the same way where losing weight is concerned. The initial phase can impact you in a negative way by making you feel like grabbing for cola’s burgers, cakes, and candy bars. But this is when you have to hang in there to reach your weight loss goal. Here’s what happens to your body and brain when you start losing weight.
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2The first step is to switch to a healthy diet

Now that you have made up your mind to lose weight, good for you but you have a challenge ahead and the main thing is to remain focused and committed. As you know, the key to losing weight is to give up all those unhealthy foods you have been eating such as sugary fruit drinks, colas, sodas, processed meat, pastries, and cakes.

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Consult a nutritionist

You will need to change to a healthy diet consisting of a balance of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. In fact, a nutritionist or dietician is the best person to formulate a diet plan for you where you may be required to consume more protein than carbs initially. You will also be required to exercise where cardio and strength training is great. If you have no time for a gym, then long walks and jogging are just as effective for losing weight.

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The first week will be easy

In the first initial week of your weight loss routine, you will find it relatively easy simply because you have switched to a healthier diet. In the first week, your diet combined with your exercise will help you burn calories. Your body has just been jolted to a different style of functioning and thus your metabolism will increase to burn more calories.

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The second week won’t be as easy as you think

Once your body adjusts to your new lifestyle, it will adapt to make necessary changes in functioning. Now as your metabolism starts adjusting, the number of calories you burn will be less than before. It sounds contradictory and one may wonder why is losing weight a bad thing but it isn’t. This is what your body must go through to get on the right track of losing weight.

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