You were the first to see the number on the scale dropping, the way your jeans began gaping around the waistline, and now your new healthy lifestyle is starting to pay off, because you feel an uptick in your energy and others are catching on to your newfound confidence. The compliments of “you look great!” are flying, but there is more behind those acclaims than just looks. Here are three things people really notice when you lose weight.
Pep in Your Step
You’ll notice your energy level is at an all-time high and you’re ready to take on the world. You have no trouble bouncing out of bed and getting stuff done, thanks to your recent weight loss. Regular physical activity (even a daily walk) increases your energy level, but eating a balanced diet, including protein, whole grains and lots of fresh produce, also puts an extra pep in your step.
And other people will take note of it, too. Whether it’s your boss at work noticing an upsurge in productivity, or your kids, who are certainly loving the extra play time with you at the park. Your increase in stamina and strength is hard to deny by everyone else, so go ahead and plan an outing to the mountains with your friends or a fun date night roller-skating with your spouse. Your new energy and sense of adventure is contagious!
You’re wearing a smile that cannot be wiped off these days, you’ve got the confidence to take on the world, and you’re feeling good. Those extra endorphins from getting active and eating healthy foods, such as fish, low-fat dairy, and leafy green veggies, boost your mood, and it’s apparent to those around you. Bask in the compliments and be sure to compliment yourself; after all, you’ve worked hard to get healthy and it’s showing!
Seeing is Believing
Overall, it doesn’t really matter what others notice or think about your weight loss. What matters most is your personal development and happiness.
An added perk to reaching your weight loss goals is that as you start to see and feel the results of your weight loss, you start believing in those results and can develop improvements in your body image and health-related quality of life, according to one study. If you’re feeling happier and more confident, reward yourself with tangible gifts that make you feel pampered. Make an appointment with a salon for that haircut you’ve always wanted to try, a shopping trip to the cosmetics counter for a bold new lip color, and take an afternoon to buy yourself a new, on-trend outfit for a date night. So go out and celebrate every little milestone with your weight loss and be proud of the healthier and happier you.
Edited by Kari - Jenny Craig