Losing weight is (mostly) great
When I set out to lose 10 pounds before I turned 50, I figured doing so would be an all-around happy experience.
Now that I'm 50 and about 14 pounds lighter, I've found that, yes, losing weight was a good thing to do. But as I write about in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, it hasn't been as purely positive as I anticipated. From flaps of extra skin to being forced to face things I was using food to hide from, there have been plenty of downsides to my downsizing.
A quick Google search suggests I'm not alone: People who've lost weight complain about all kinds of things, from constantly feeling cold to having to replace whole wardrobes on a limited budget to having nobody notice that they've lost weight.
On top of those anecdotal reports, a study published in September showed that losing weight can release toxins that had been stored in fat into the bloodstream. Who needs that?
Of course, all in all I'm thrilled to have shed my unwanted poundage, and I feel better now than I did in my 20s. None of the downsides is such that it makes me wish I hadn't undertaken this effort. But, oh, all that extra skin!
How about you folks? Have you lost weight, only to discover that it hasn't been the joyous event you thought it would be? Please share your thoughts in the comments section, and do join me and my adviser, Pam Peeke, for a live chat about my Me Minus 10 project today at 1 p.m.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
| December 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Women's Health
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