These signs can tell if you’re making progress in your weight-loss journey or not

On a weight loss journey? Check out these signs of weight loss which show that you're making progress and on a right track.
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These signs tell you that you're on the right track. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Published: 3 Apr 2022, 12:00 pm IST
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How great does it feel when you make conscious strides to lose weight, and see the results? Well, a little sign of hope can boost your level of motivation in your weight loss journey. And guess what, there are countless benefits of dropping the pounds if you’re overweight and obese. But how would you know if you’re really losing weight? Well, there are many signs of weight loss which indicate progress in your journey.

HealthShots spoke to Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker, Laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon, Saifee Hospital, Apollo Spectra, Namaha, and Currae Hospitals, Mumbai to understand the signs and symptoms of weight loss. She said steady weight loss of 0.5-1.0 kg per week is a significant sign of successful weight loss. If the diet is followed under the guidance of an expert, you are more likely to have a smooth weight loss journey. However, if you want to find out if you’re making progress in your weight loss journey or not, look out for the signs and symptoms mentioned below.

Some important signs of progress in weight loss, according to Dr Bhasker:

1. You won’t get cravings or hunger pangs all the time

If your weight loss diet is well planned and is high in protein and fiber, it will make you feel full faster and also delay the subsequent meal by keeping you energetic for a longer time. “A high fiber diet helps to curb cravings for sugary and fatty foods”, said Dr Bhasker. So if you’re not craving and your hunger pangs are under control then yes you’re positively losing weight.

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You won’t feel hungry all the time your weight loss routine is healthy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. You start fitting into your favourite clothes

Your clothes will become loose and you will feel more comfortable in them. That means you are making progress with your weight loss journey. This is one of the signs that you are on the right track and losing weight.

3. You feel more active

A gradual reduction in weight will make you feel lighter, active, and more focused at work. A nutritionally rich diet accompanied by a suitable exercise regime will improve stamina, and muscle strength and decrease fat mass. Over a period of time, you will become flexible, won’t feel tired easily, and can do any task more efficiently. So even if you are trying to lose weight and your energy level is high that means you are on the right track.

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4. Getting rid of unhealthy practices

In addition, while trying to lose weight, sleeping well, exercising regularly, eating mindfully, thinking positive, and staying happy — are outcomes of positive weight loss. “Being able to get back to the right routine is half the battle won, and makes weight loss more sustainable”, said Dr Bhasker.

Apart from this lookout for the unhealthy signs of weight loss, and things you must avoid:

1. Dehydration: People who are trying to lose weight sometimes skip their water intake which is a very unhealthy habit. You need to keep your body hydrated all the time.

2. Headache: For quick or rapid weight loss, if you’re skipping meals, you may end up having a headache.

3. Muscle loss: Your unhealthy weight loss routine can cause muscle loss. Wonder why? Well, due to a calorie restricted diet.

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4. Fatigue: Extreme fatigue can be a sign of an unhealthy diet, which is low on calories and other nutrients.

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Lose weight in a slow and steady manner to avoid side effects. Image courtesy:

5. Irritability: Dieting can deprive your body of essential nutrients which can result in irritability and aggregate behavior.

6. Stomach issues: An unhealthy weight loss routine can cause many problems including constipation. It happens due to dehydration and a low fibre diet.

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7. Menstrual irregularities: Weight loss does not cause menstrual irregularity but if you are trying to lose weight very quickly then it can result in an irregular menstrual cycle because of hormonal imbalance in your body.

If weight loss is on your mind, you need to give up these 6 eating habits now:

  • Binge eating especially at night before hitting the bed.

* Consuming your food so fast that it can make your digestive system work extra to digest the food.

* Overeating frequently. Try to eat slowly and eat frequent meals in small portions.

* Skip skipping meals, otherwise it can lower your energy levels which means slower weight loss.

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You can not afford to skip meals. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

* Avoid constant snacking. Most snacks are high in calories and low in nutritional values which are totally unhealthy.

* You may end up eating mindlessly if you’re watching television while eating. Try to avoid that.

* Not hydrating your body well can cause dehydration which can lead to mild to severe medical issues.

Always follow a healthy routine when it comes to weight loss.

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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