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9 Things NO ONE TELLS YOU about Losing Weight

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These are 9 true facts about Weight Loss that are hidden and “swept under the rug” by the fitness industry. Nobody wants to tell you about these common weight loss mistakes and side effects. Find out exactly what these weight loss myths are so you can avoid them and learn how to lose weight/ burn fat properly.

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We’re told that reducing our body fat is going to improve our lives, make us healthier, and help us feel more confident. And even though all of this can be true, there are some things about weight loss that no one wants to talk about. These things are swept under the rug so- to speak because they don’t go along with the narrative that the fitness industry stands by which is the idea that losing weight and burning fat always works out for the best no matter what. So today I want to go over 10 truths about weight loss that no one really tells you, but you definitelyshould know.

And the very first thing we have to talk about is the prevalenceof body dysmorphia in fitness. You would think that as you lose weight and as you develop a more athletic-looking body you’ll become happier with the way you look which will increase confidence in all other areas of your life. And even though yes many level-headed people will experience these amazing benefits from dieting and exercising, I know firsthand how easy it is to get sucked into the mindset that your body is never good enough. Some of the most unconfident, socially awkward, and self-critical people that I’ve ever met have been bodybuilders and physique competitors with amazing-looking bodies. Most people would kill to have a body like the really fit-looking people that you see in magazines and competitions, but little do you know that any slight flaw that many of these fit people perceive on their bodies become drastically magnifiedand that creates MASSIVE amounts of stress in their lives. These issues can be as silly as legitimately stressing over your bicep being 17 inches instead of 18 inches.Also keep in mind that if this obsessionover slight imperfections or even sometimes nonexistent flaws, if affect bodybuilders they also affect regular people that just want to get into better shape. Now even though the data shows that only about 2.5 percent of males and 2.2 percent of females in the United States live with bodydysmorphic disorder….(8) the rate of body dysmorphia is much higher for regular gym-goers, as shown by a cross-sectional study (9) where researchers found that almost 40 percent of the regular gym participants surveyed were at risk of body dysmorphia. (10) That’s insane guys especially since this is a fixation that significantly interferes with daily life and can lead to depression as well as unhealthy choices like crash dieting, becoming bulimic, and abusing steroids. Sodo your best to keep a level – head and set achievable goals that prioritize your health at least as much if not more than your aesthetics.

Now another negative about weight loss that you don’t typically hear about is the problem with excess skin. When you gain a lot of body fat your skin becomes stretched, and if it stays like that for a long period of time the skin loses some of its elastic components, creating a loose skin look after someone loses a substantial amount of weight. Keep in mind not everyone will have excess skin after losing weight. Factors like your genetics, your age, the length of time that you were carrying around the excess body fat, and the total amount of weight that you lost all play a role in what your skin looks like afterward. Typically people that have either carried the excess fat around formany years or people that lose a lot of weight like a hundred pounds or more…both of these types of people are more at risk for developing saggy skin. One of the best natural preventative measures that you can take for loose skin happens to be weight training so make sure that you include resistance training as a part of your weight loss workout plan rather than just dieting and performing cardio.

Another fact that you won’t really hear about is that dieting in a restrictive way or getting too lean can cause reproductive issues including but not limited to erectile dysfunction. In fact, if you’re one of the many people that has searched for how to get under 8, 7, or even 6 percent body fat I can pretty much guarantee you that if you’re successful at getting that lean, things downstairs aren’t going to be working quite the same until you bring your body fat percentage back up to a sustainable level. Now don’t get me wrong, being overweight or obese is bad for reproductive health as well because excess body fat raises estrogen and reduces testosterone. But very few people know that being too lean can do the same. For example in a study that examined the hormonal profiles of male bodybuildersfor six months before and after their…

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  1. References

    1. In 2009, 1500 people were treated in the emergency room after being injured on equipment at gyms.
    https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/gym-accident-statistics.html

    2. Between 1990 and 2007, over 970,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for weight training-related injuries.
    https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/gym-accident-statistics.html

    3. From 1990 to 2007, 114 people died from using free weights and weight machines.
    https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/gym-accident-statistics.html

    4. It is estimated that 459,978 people were injured while exercising or using exercise equipment in 2012.
    https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/gym-accident-statistics.html

    5. Exercise equipment causes injuries to approximately 16,500 children between 5 years old and 14 years old annually.
    https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/gym-accident-statistics.html

    6. “The injury incidence in weightlifting was 2.4–3.3 injuries/1000 hours of training”
    https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/4/211

    7. “1.0–4.4 injuries/1000 hours of training in powerlifting.”
    https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/4/211

    8. "0.27 per 1000 hours” and “0.74 per 1000 hours"
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6201188/

    8. "In the United States, BDD occurs in about 2.5% in males, and in 2.2 % of females."
    https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/body-dysmorphic-disorder

    9. The rate of body dysmorphia is even larger among gym-goers, as shown by a cross-sectional study involving 1,711 participants published in PLoS One.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6447162/

    – "38.5% of the regular gym goers were found at risk of BDD."
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6447162/

    10. Research shows that creating an androgen deficiency in healthy men by administering a GnRH agonist increases body fat, while higher testosterone levels aid fat loss.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14764787/
    https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/83/6/1886/2865200

    11. “We estimated that among Americans currently age 13-50 years, 2.9-4.0 million have used AAS.”
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24112239/

    12. Research indicates that withdrawal from steroids can also cause depression and thereby sometimes lead to suicide attempts.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7614077/

    13. What fewer people know, however, is that being too lean also can cause issues. For example, one study examined drug-free male bodybuilders for six months before their competition and afterward.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23412685/

    – “Percent body fat declined from 14.8% to 4.5% during preparation”
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23412685/

    – “Testosterone declined from 9.22 to 2.27 ng/mL during preparation”
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23412685/

    – "returned back to the baseline level, 9.91 ng/mL, after competition."
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23412685/

  2. As someone who has been overweight (a lot overweight) I can confirm;
    1) excuses like "he has a fast metabolism" are prevalent.
    2) injuries happen a lot and you need to learn your actual threshold for both pain tolerance and when to stop and recover
    3) you'll probably never be happy once you've lost weight. Not 100% anyway

    I'll counter some of these though;
    1) Enough cardio absolutely destroys weight. Most people won't do enough though. I dropped 6stone (84lb for my American friends) doing nothing more than cardio and reduced calorie intake to a normal level. Barely even a diet level of calorie intake. The cardio was 1k+ calories a day, every day, 7 days a week though. Lots of people struggle with that both for the effort and the boredom. I don't have a problem with either.
    2) Stress will make different people eat differently. Most I've seen tend to eat more as soon as the smallest stress kicks in

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