Starting The Weight Loss Journey


Now you have decided to lose weight, it is important to obtain all the information you can…especially when starting the weight loss journey.  As mentioned previously, this journey can sometimes be frustrating and overwhelming – especially if you are over 50. However, obtaining information to help you understand what is going on with your body while you are on your journey will make losing weight a little less daunting.

Sometimes all you need is good information to help you understand what is going on with your body and how weight loss affects you.

If you have ever lost weight in the past, you are familiar with what happens in the first week. It is easier to lose those unwanted pounds. You have started something new that your body hasn’t adjusted to yet and the weight comes off with ease. But then something starts to happen. You find it harder to lose weight as quickly as you did. Why does this happen? It’s because your metabolism adjusts and you will not burn the calories as you did previously.

Hormone Leptin Triggers Your Brain Now there will be changes in your body. It will get more difficult to lose weight and as the fat melts away, your appetite will increase. After eating, your brain releases what is called leptin. Leptin is a hormone that triggers your brain when you are full. People who have lost weight, show a decrease in leptin, according to studies. These studies have also shown that the brain wants to return leptin to its normal levels, so there will be an increase in appetite making people want to eat more fatty foods.

Fighting the urges will help your weight tremendously. Fight through the urge! Sometimes we have food urges because we crave something. The best way to fight off cravings is to stop them before they begin. What are some of the best ways to do that?

Read some suggestions below:
1. Eat good and healthy foods throughout the day.
2. Go for a great work out at the gym.
3. Get out of the house and go someplace new and interesting or do something really fun for yourself.
4. Distract yourself by reading a book, watching a movie, calling your best friend, or cleaning your house.

Distract Yourself From Eating

There are so many healthy reasons to lose weight. One reason is that is has been discovered that ONE POUND of weight lost can reduce FOUR POUNDS pressure on your knee joints! In addition to that, the other advantages are:

1. Decreases risk of health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension
2. Reduces strain on blood vessels
3. Increases blood flow to the brain
4. Boosts overall brain functions

Losing Weight Boosts Brain Functions

Studies have even shown that individuals who have undergone weight loss surgery have had improved memory, problem-solving skills, and concentration.

Losing weight literally has an effect on your overall body from head to toe. Understanding what happens during weight loss can be a vital key in your success. Also, knowing how to combat the urges you have is key as well. Realize all the benefits that weight loss has on your body as well as the pitfalls so you can be successful.

Before starting your weight loss journey, consult with your doctor.

How has weight loss affected your body?


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2 thoughts on “Starting The Weight Loss Journey

  1. Weight loss is definitely not easy, especially when the urges kick in. It has many benefits yet it’s so hard to do

    1. Thank you for visiting my site and for the comment. You are correct that weight loss is not easy – especially when the urges kick in. However, if anyone on the weight loss journey can focus on those ideas in my article “Setting Goals for Weight Loss” and create a plan that includes S.M.A.R.T. goals as well as build a good support system, it will make the journey less daunting. The articles within my “Diet” section are other ways to stay on track for weight loss that I hope you find to be just as helpful. Once again, thank you for visiting. I hope you have a healthy day.

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