You’ve done it! Losing weight is a huge accomplishment and it’s exciting knowing you made it this far. However, no matter how many pounds you dropped, reaching your weight-loss goal doesn’t mean your journey is finished. In fact, you may experience additional challenges as you work to maintain your current weight or continue dropping pounds.
Take a look at these 10 struggles you may face after you lose the weight:
- Celebrating with food: Our food-centric society celebrates nearly every accomplishment or life stage development with celebratory drinks and cake. Instead of adding to your waistline, try to reward yourself with something else, like new clothes or an awesome gadget you’ve been wanting to try.
- Shopping for new clothes: This can be both positive and negative. New clothes can be a reward that help you show off your new shape. But replenishing your wardrobe can be expensive and frustrating if your body shape is constantly changing. However, if you sell or donate your old clothes, you can do something for both your wallet and the community.
- Beating yourself up over slip-ups: Moments of weakness can occur no matter how much weight you’ve lost, but don’t beat yourself up! Understanding that your cravings won’t go away and that it’s okay to give in every once in awhile will help you work harder to get back on track.
- Adjusting to your new norm: Losing weight is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the thought of doing this for the rest of your life, make a plan to continue practicing healthy habits and rejoice in how far you’ve come.
- Thinking you can stop exercising: When you reach your goal, you shouldn’t change your relationship with food or the gym. Working out will help you maintain the weight loss you’ve already achieved. Plus, the endorphins don’t suck.
- People constantly admiring your new bod: Friends, co-workers, or family you haven’t seen in awhile may make comments about your looks. Don’t take their exclamation about how you look great now to mean you didn’t look great before. Take the compliment and move forward with your new lifestyle.
- People ignoring your new bod: On the other hand, you may experience a decrease in the amount of comments you hear from others about your new look. Don’t take this to mean you’re not continuing to work hard. It’s okay to admit you miss the confidence boosters — but remember you started this journey for you and nobody else.
- Changing relationships: For better or worse, your relationships may change with friends and family once you’ve reached your goal weight. For whatever reason, others may not fully support the new you and it can be a tough pill to swallow. Be strong and know you did this for you and your health.
- Setting new goals: Seeing your goal number on the scale after the weeks, months, and even years of hard work can be a little anticlimactic. Remember to set new goals and go for them full-force, putting the past behind you.
- Seeing yourself in a positive light: Some people who shed pounds can develop phantom fat, a syndrome where they still feel like they’re carrying around the weight they lost. To prevent this, actively practice appreciating your body every day. Focus on the things you love about your new figure and a positive body image will follow.
Staying positive and motivated once you reach your goal weight can be difficult, but with the right mindset and support, you can do it! Just remember, you’ve already come a long way. Why quit now?
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