Formerly obese people on Reddit were asked: “What was the most surprising/unexpected change after losing weight?” These are some of the best answers.
1/21 Gay guys hitting on me because I was much skinnier. I was expecting more attention from the ladies, but getting it from the guys as well was a surprise.
2/21 Everyone seems happier to see me, which is kind of annoying.
3/21 After loosing 125 pounds, I am apparently very attractive and my penis is like 2 inches longer. Can’t complain, although I am still kind of in denial about it, girls hitting on me is a total shocker.
4/21 Lost 60 lbs for my wedding. Everyone is friendlier towards me at work, I have more energy, people on the train don’t try to avoid me or stare at me, unless they are smiling and checking me out, and I found my confidence around women has skyrocketed. My clothes fit, I never worry about chaffing, I have to pull up my pants, I can fit into any seat, and above all, I can walk, run, climb, hike, etc miles and miles and not even break a sweat these days.
I blow past people on the sidewalks and get impatient with fat people now. I am one of “them” now. Whenever I see a fat person I want to tell them there’s a better way! But I have to keep my mouth shut since, you know, that just be mean.
5/21 One beer and I’m hammered.
6/21 Two things I didn’t expect: better skin and hair.
My skin complexion cleaned up (I used to have these spots on my triceps and shoulders that disappeared) and my hair was healthier and not as limp.
7/21 Looking in a mirror in disgust later turns into checking yourself out after losing 80lbs. Checking yourself out gets hard to stop when you’re not obese anymore.
8/21 I found bones and muscles I didn’t know I had (didn’t realize my ankle was a tiny bone, instead of this huge fleshy lump). People talked about fat people around me without first giving me the mildly-apologetic ‘i’m going to talk about your type’ look, which was quite an eye-opener to hear what people would say when no ‘fat people’ were around. Friends used to tell me ‘you’re not that fat! You look 140!’ I was freakin’ 260 lbs, but I had never been skinny so I had no reason not to believe them, just assuming normal women must have been 100-120 lbs maximum.
I can’t even pick up how much weight I’ve lost and carry it around, I have no idea how I used to walk, but then I noticed I no longer sweat like a pig. I’d have to get to class 5-15 minutes early so I could wipe myself down in the bathroom with wet towels and hope that the shoulder and back stains from my backpack would dry up before anyone noticed. I no longer worry about hugging people; still not a hugger per-se, but it doesn’t make me feel like Godzilla or some kind of sweaty hell-pig. I was surprised by how much new body access I had, made sense that skinny women didn’t have problems reaching anything to shave it, I just thought it was something everyone went to a salon for because who could ever reach it?
9/21 5’11” late 20s male, and I lost 30lbs (after weighing about 200lb). 70% of people tell me I look amazing and the rest tell me I am too skinny and I should see a doctor. Can’t make everyone happy apparently — however I feel great so that’s all that matters.
10/21 I don’t know if you’d call each one surprising on their own but in total they combined to a massive quality of life improvement.
I slept better, breathed better, my mood improved, my pain lessened. My knees stopped hurting, I could actually get up from sitting on the floor without rolling on my side and I could juststand, depression went away, anxiety went away, social phobias went away, muscle cramps in my upper back went away, I stopped wearing through the crotches and underarms of all my clothing in short order and lost the chafing that went along with that. I can now withstand bumps without bruising so much, small scratches and mosquito bites didn’t bleed forever, and I catch a cold once every few years instead of twice a year. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the amount of pain I suddenly WASN’T in just from moving around. That’s the best.
11/21 How much better I was treated. I was technically just on the border of overweight and obese. So, I was never debilitatingly overweight. But it was like I was suddenly on the Enterprise and doors were whooshing open for me before I even got to them.
12/21 I’ve lost 190lbs over about 3 years. 415-225. Still working on dropping a bit more. Everything is better. I don’t feel like shit all the time, I don’t eat tums constantly, I actually eat a better variety and more interesting foods than I did when I was fat, obviously I do better with women, I actually feel a bit smarter. I no longer feel like I need to sleep 10 hours a day.
There’s only two things that are annoying 1) having to buy all new clothes. Wearing clothes that fit right still feels a bit weird because I always wore loose fitting stuff when I was bigger. I also have no good style ideas. and 2) I actually feel the cold in the winter now.
13/21 Turns out I’m still unattractive and my penis was always below average.
14/21 I need a coat in the winter.
15/21 I gave up on trying to lose weight, and just started permanently changing my diet to lower my blood pressure. My clothes just started to get really baggy and I thought I just wore them out with my fat. I didn’t realize I was losing weight until I was down probably 30 lbs. I just got under 200 lbs for the first time since high school five weeks ago.
I knew the loose skin would happen. I knew people would treat me better. I knew that I would have more energy, and a better sex life… But the thing that really changed? I’m happier. Even before I realized that pounds were coming off I started noticing that stuff that would have stressed me out beyond compare just didn’t effect me. I can’t really explain it, but on average I was just suddenly and constantly perky. I’m happy, and I feel more clean. I don’t get gross sausage sweats from climbing up stairs, and I’m always smiling. I just feel good.
16/21 “When the hell did I get giant calves?”
17/21 I’ve lost around 10 stone (140 lbs). One thing I’ve noticed is that people are generally more nice to me. When I’m queuing in a shop, people will stand nearer to me, rather than a couple of feet away as if I’m diseased. People smile at me as I walk by. It’s sad as I’m still the same person as before.
18/21 Went from 200+ to 129 over 10 years. I’m 5’8″. My shoe size changed; that one is still hard to wrap my head around. Yes, it’s definitely colder than I’m used to now that I don’t have my blubber coat. Also, seats hurt now that there’s no ass cushioning.
It is quite nice to go into a store, see clothing you like, have it fit and look great. It’s also nice to look in the mirror and be happy with your figure. People always said I wouldn’t be happy just by being thin but it makes me feel so much better about myself; they couldn’t be more wrong.
And wow do people treat you differently. It’s like you’re suddenly OK and in a secret “acceptable” club. I was honestly confused by it when it first started happening.
19/21 Being cold in situations that I never used to be cold in. I used to be able to go outside when it was 40-45 in shorts and short-sleeves, no problem. Now I get chilly when it’s like 55.
20/21 People started laughing at my jokes. It taught me how your appearance/status REALLY matters when it comes to people deciding how to react to what you say and do.
21/21 I lost 140 lbs. The biggest surprise was finding it that I wasn’t fat because I was lazy. I’ve been overweight for most of my life and it always felt like a moral failing- I was a lazy person so therefore I was fat.
Having lost the equivalent of a person, I now realize that being that fat makes you “lazy”. It hurts to walk, to stand, to live- no wonder all I wanted to do was sit down or sleep! At the end of a day of work, I was exhausted! Imagine going through your life carrying around another person- it doesn’t take much to wear a person out.
And it’s a vicious circle- you don’t want to move because it hurts and so you get fatter and fatter. It was only since I lost all this Weight that I realized that I’m not a “bad” person, not a “lazy” person. Being lazy didn’t make me fat- I was lazy because I was fat.
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