5 Things No One Tells You About Losing Weight

10.06.2018

Losing weight is not an easy journey. Following quick fix diets, a calorie counting diet or even just a healthy balanced diet can be tough on your every day life. Today I wanted to talk about the struggles of losing weight, peoples expectations and personal thoughts. I've mentioned this in previous posts and I went into detail as to why I chose to follow a vegan diet in 2016, which you can read here. I lost around 42lb within a year and although I was really proud of myself, I still wasn't happy. 

Hitting A Goal Won't Necessarily Make You Happy- 
I used to set myself goals all the time and I believed that as soon as I hit my goal on the scales, I would be happy and wouldn't feel the need to lose any more weight. I learnt about body dysmorphia a few months ago and whilst reading and hearing about other people struggling with the disorder, I realised that it's something I've been struggling with for years. I constantly pick out parts of my body that I hate, look at myself in the mirror at any chance I get and constantly remind myself how much I dislike my body. So although I lead myself to believe that I'll be content with how I look by the time I hit a specific number on the scales, I know I'm only lying to myself. I know a lot of people also believe that by achieving a set goal will make them happy, and once that goal is achieved nine times out of ten they notice that how they feel about themselves doesn't completely change. Yes, it may boost your confidence for five minutes and you may be happy that you finally don't have to squeeze into those pair of jeans you've been wanting to fit you perfectly, but mentally I know that I will never see myself the same way that other people do once I lose weight and I'm probably not the only one. However, if you are one of the lucky ones that feels the opposite way, then go you!

You'll Probably Still Worry - 
When you originally set the intentions of losing weight you don't tend to think about what will happen once all that weight is lost. If you've been on a weight loss journey, you're probably in the same boat as me. Since I lost 42lb, I've gained some of the weight back. It's natural and it's life, of course you're going to have days where you "slip up" in a diet or just want to eat whatever the hell you want. Although I do have times where I decide to eat whatever I feel like having, I always have a gut feeling that I'm damaging my body and I worry. I know quite a few people can probably relate to this, but it's certainly one of the downsides to losing weight as it isn't likely that you will stay your goal weight forever. 

People Will Want To Talk About Your Weight Loss -
I noticed that as I was losing weight, any time I spoke to a friend or relative, my weight would come up in conversation. People will also discuss your weight loss and your diet when you're not around and although some people may see it as a compliment, it starts to get boring over time. 

People Will Judge What You Eat -
Most diet plans have certain foods that you can or cannot eat, or if you're just following a healthy diet to lose weight, you know what foods you "should" or "shouldn't" be eating. As I was (and still am) following a plant based diet, this means I no longer eat meat or dairy and oh my, did I realise how big of a deal this would be to people? no, no I did not. Every time I meet someone new, I get questioned about why I wouldn't want to eat meat and after following this diet for over two years, I still get 20 questions from relatives about what I eat. It can be draining at family events when all anyone wants to talk about or judge what I eat and although I know they're only curious, it starts to get dull. But for anyone who is losing weight and wants a treat every now and then, it's not long until someone comments on how you "probably shouldn't be eating that" or asking "ooh, how many calories are in that then?". It's not fun.

You Can Stop Losing Weight -
Once you're following a certain diet for a while, it becomes normal for your body to get used to what you are and are not consuming. Therefore once you've lost a bit of weight, it is normal to stop seeing any progress in your weight loss. Just like losing an extreme amount of weight one week most likely means that you won't lose much the following week. 

There's a few more things I could go into detail about, but I don't want to bore you. If you are trying to lose weight or have lost weight in the past, I hope that if you can relate to these things, you are happy with how you feel about yourself. There's so many expectations in society that if you're a certain size then you're not good enough for this or that.. but as long as you're happy within yourself, that's all that matters.

Love Always,
Shannon x

5 comments

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    1. Thank you so much Heather, I'm glad you enjoyed it x

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  2. Great post ! Back like 10 years ago I did a diet ( I was overweight) then reach a size 6 months later even so I was so skinny I was not happy, now I am back to a 'normal' weight.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked the post. I've been through this so much and it's a constant struggle for me!

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  3. Loosing weight has been an absolute nightmare for me - I came off medication about five months ago and mo matter what I do - eating healthier, exercising 5 times a week - it doesn't budge at all, so frustrating!

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