What’s a downside of losing weight you never expected?

I’ve experienced a few down sides to weight loss, as I’m sure everyone else has too. Sometimes they don’t necessarily relate to the actual weight loss, but because of more activity and perhaps less nutrition, it can lead us to develop some sore points for out health along the journey. As long as we are aware this may happen and seek the necessary medical advice to iron out these issues, we will be taking the best steps towards making better choices. This is always a learning curve for people – me included.

As I’m a female, I will point out some downsides that can affect us a lot.

4 negative weight loss effects for women

  1. Losing your period.
    This was a big one for me a few years ago. Because I began dieting from taking a break for about 4 years, I went hard at it for about 5–6 months straight. The weight loss came about after 3–4 months and it was quite a drop. Because of this, I ended up losing my period for about 1–2 months. This was just a side effect from the sudden weight loss and came back once I began increasing my caloric consumption. This is a downside for those women who are seeking to get pregnant or have a family down the track. Although it’s hard to pinpoint when you may be getting closer to this stage in your weight loss journey, it’s something to consider as you move further and further along. Not all women experience this side effect, but if your hormone levels are relatively balanced, your period will come back again, do seek medical help if this is something you experience regularly.
  2. Lack of energy.
    If you are eating properly, this should not be a problem. When we overindulge in activity to create a calorie deficit, and now allowing enough calories within our daily eating, this can pose to become a problem. I would suggest not sacrificing calories too much and too soon for that matter. Make sure you are eating enough protein and vegetables daily and do go easy on the rate you perform cardio for long periods of time. Too much cardio can cause this exhaustion, and we need to be a lot more mindful of our nutritional choices than adding even more activity to make up for them. You can’t out train a bad diet.
  3. Negative iron stores.
    Again, a big problem for most women in general, and the likely hood of it increasing as a result of dieting is very much a reality. This is something I need to keep on check, and I think women in general have issues with this. Your best bet is to take an iron supplement, and make sure you are eating iron rich foods daily, such as; sources of meats, broccoli, mushrooms, kale and spinach. Have your protein sources but do include plant sources that are higher in iron too. Seek the help of your medical professional if this is a big issue for you.
  4. Getting colds and flu.
    I used to become plagued with this one when I did longer stretches of unnecessary cardio that was very taxing on my immune system. Please become aware of this, because if you push your body too much, you will suffer these negative effects. That also means it will set you back with training and nutrition. I used to do this constantly, and when I took some positive steps forward, the cold and flu reared its head and I then moved 3 steps back. Combat cold and flu by giving yourself enough rest days, taking the necessary supplementation to increase your immune systems strength, and please, do not indulge in long duration cardio sessions. It’s not necessary, and it’s very bad for your body long term.

Hopefully these tips will help you increase your awareness of what can result with prolonged dieting, and even doing extensive exercises. We all should have a long-term view when it comes to changing our eating and exercise plans. Make sure they fit into your lifestyle and enhance it – not provide an environment for health issues to surface. If you appreciate this, why not join me via my website or join me on fb and insta social. Please feel free to upvote this answer if it has been useful in some way to you.

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