What Happens When You Lose 100 Pounds? Part 2 - My Bariatric Life

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What Happens When You Lose 100 Pounds? In part 1 of, "What Happens When You Lose 100 Pounds?", two questions were asked. The first question asked if it were possible for the average person to lose 100 pounds and, if so, what follows such an extreme weight loss? It was shown that it was not unusual for people who have had gastric bypass surgery to lose 100 pounds or more. This leaves only the final question:** What happens when you lose 100 pounds?** ** Health Benefits of Weight Loss**

Should you lose 100 pounds, you can most certainly expect an improvement in your health.   A 2007 University of Kentucky weight loss program conducted across a nine-year period showed that participants probably:

The diet plan consisted of coaching, replacement of meals with shakes and prepared entrees, low-cal diets, the recording of all foods that were eaten, and moderate exercise. Weight-loss maintenance included at least five daily servings of fruit and vegetables. The maximum average weight loss for men was 146 pounds and 122 pounds for women.

Excess Skin Following Massive Weight Loss

After massive weight loss, you might discover that your skin that was once up there is now down here. This does not happen to everyone although it does happen often.

Skin condition and elasticity before and during weight loss determine how much loose skin you may wind up with. How much weight is lost and how quickly it is lost are also significant factors. People who lose the magic one hundred pounds are most likely to have problems with loose skin when they reach their goal weight. It is usually abdominal skin that is problematic, and it falls well beyond the belly.

Losing weight at a moderate pace of two pounds or so per week will help to maintain the skin's elasticity. In addition, older people have less skin elasticity than do younger people. Plastic surgery can address the problem of loose skin after weight loss. Sometimes the procedure is covered by health insurance.

Relationships, Self-Image, and Reality

Relationships might be tested somewhat following weight loss. The new energetic and confident you may require some adjustments from loved ones.
While you may have been dissatisfied with the person you once were, family members and significant others may prefer to have things the way they used to be rather than the way they are becoming. Mutual understanding will be needed at this time.

Adjusting to your new body may take a bit of time also. Despite improvements, we can be creatures of psychic habit. Body image is formed during adolescence and young adulthood. If you were overweight during that period, your habitual mind might overrule what your eyes see in the mirror following weight loss surgery. Give yourself some time to establish a realistic image.

You may also discover that losing weight does not solve all of the problems you thought it might. As it turns out, some of those issues were not weight-related at all and will need to be addressed independently. Now that you have greater insight regarding those issues, you can seek the appropriate help to better resolve them.

Living life well fed,** MBeferences**:
About.com - http://weightloss.about.com/od/obesityhealth/a/blexcessskin.htm
The Dr. Oz Show - http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/what-expect-when-you-lose-100-pounds
WebMD - http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20070808/what-happens-when-you-lose-100-pounds