You lost a bunch of weight… congratulations! Now, here are the things you need to be prepared for.
You still need to work >>
Losing the weight is just stage one. After you lose weight, you still need to workout and continue eating well. The reason people say “it’s a lifestyle” is because it needs to be if you want to keep the weight off. Maintaining a body is half of the battle. I can’t tell you the number of clients I have worked with that express to me their frustration in starting a workout program, stopping it, gaining weight and repeating this cycle. Your habits need to be consistent for your body to be.
Living in your old body >>
It is normal to still feel like “the fat kid” in your new body. But, try to snap out of it quick. Look at old pictures and compare them to the new you. Keep an old pair of jeans around to remind yourself what you used to look like. Keep a journal of your progress so you can read about how far you’ve come.
Excess skin >>
One speed bump on the way to feeling confident in a bikini can be the extra skin left over after losing a great amount of weight (I am talking 100+ pounds). When you gain weight, your skin stretches to adjust to the extra size. When you lose weight, it’s not as easy to reverse. Luckily you can have a skin removal surgery if this is something that makes you uncomfortable. If your skin has adjusted and simply shows stretch mark, I say embrace it! You are a badass for losing that weight! But there are creams and procedures you can use on those as well.
When you weigh less, you have to eat less. Now, ideally as you’ve dieted down and exercised your way to a smaller body, you have done so in a way that you can sustain. Extreme diets can lead to an extremely slow metabolism (or the rate at which your body burns calories). When you put your body into a starvation mode, your body fights to stay alive and in doing so burns less calories everyday. This is why it is best to gradually reduce your calories and make sure you are eating enough. But, even if you were smart during your weight loss journey and took the slow and steady route… When you weigh less, your body doesn’t need to eat as much. The amount of calories it takes to run a 400lb body is not the same as what it takes to run a 150lb body. If smaller you eats the calories you did prior to your workout routine, your body will revert back to what it used to look like.
When you lose a significant amount of weight, you will get more attention. Some of this attention will be good. Friends will congratulate you, men will hit on you, and girls may compliment your butt. Some of this attention will be bad. There will always be haters; there will always be someone who says, “You look like you don’t eat.” You will talk to those people who can’t seem to say something nice. You need to have enough confidence to ignore all of the outside noise and be self-assured in how you look. No approval from anybody needed.