15 things nobody tells you about losing weight

January 17, 2015 12:00 PM

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15 things nobody tells you about losing weight

Losing weight does more than give you an excuse to buy new clothes. Dropping just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. But shedding unwanted pounds can also have less-obvious effects, and not always for the better, said Dr. Adam Tsai, a physician at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and a spokesperson for the Obesity Society. Here are the good things—and the bad—that you don't normally hear about losing weight.

Your energy levels will skyrocket A big energy boost is often the first thing people notice when they start dropping weight. Why? When you're carrying around fewer pounds, you use less energy to simply go about your day, Tsai said. Weight loss also improves oxygen efficiency, so you won't find yours...

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