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Please tell me if you started feeling more energetic and above all less sleepy when you lost weight?

Asked by ZEPHYRA (16014 points ) March 14th, 2014

When the kilos came off did you feel re-energized? Did you stop sleeping all the time? Or physically did you feel the same minus the kilos?

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Mimishu1995's avatar

No, losing weight doesn’t seem to make any difference to my body.

bkcunningham's avatar

I have lost 35 pounds by lowering my calorie intake and increasing my activity level. Energy breeds energy. Yes, I have more energy. I also stopped smoking three years ago this May 1 and I stopped drinking alcohol one year this coming May 3. I feel better mentally and physically than I have ever felt in my life.

jca's avatar

If you are on a low carb, high protein diet you may feel more energetic and sleep less.

GloPro's avatar

For every pound of fat you carry there is about an extra mile of vessels your blood must travel through to oxygenate the body. So it’s pretty easy to see that less body fat can mean better perfusion and directly impact energy levels.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The more active I stay the better I feel, and extra pounds would slow me down, so probably indirectly it works. But I have seen heavier people that can move fairly well, so I don’t know if there’s a direct connection.

DaphneT's avatar

I’ve not felt the energy jump, but that might have something to do with not being able to sleep through the night. Mentally, I feel more bored, so find my self reaching for food to induce sleep or keep me occupied. Just another hurdle to assess.

turtlesandbox's avatar

Yes. I have more energy and feel less sleepy when I’m more active and carry less weight.

tedibear's avatar

About 2 weeks after I began to feel more energized and awake. My weight didn’t make a difference, movement did.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Not any noticeable amount for me. I think losing a substantial amount of weight would probably make you feel more energized, provided you lost the weight by eating healthier. The most I’ve lost in one span of time was 40 lbs in four months. I was on a low-carb diet in high school, and I remember I had less energy. Gawd, that diet sucked. Carbs give you energy – it’s not rocket science. I couldn’t even exercise the entire time. When I ditched that and began to just eat healthier, the energy came back, but it wasn’t noticeably more than it was before I lost the weight.

If you were to lose 100 lbs, I’d hope you’d have more energy.

Stinley's avatar

I have lost weight in the last 18 months and I do have more energy. I have increased my exercise and I believe that this on its own will give you more energy. I am not one for naps, which I presume is the kind of sleepiness you mean. I do sleep better if I’ve had a busy energetic day.

I think that if you don’t eat enough and your body starts reacting to this, you will feel more tired and lethargic. This is because your body is trying to conserve energy. This will happen on a low calorie diet. The trick is to reduce calories enough that you lose weight but not so much that your body goes into energy conservation mode.

Crash diets are so aptly named. Not only do you crash the number of calories you intake, you crash your energy levels and then your diet crashes meaning you start gorging and put all that weight and more back on again.

creative1's avatar

Depends if I were exercising more then I feel less sleepy and wanting to sleep, I think the exercise is key because it highers all the endorphins making you feel better. I found even if I don’t loose a pound I will feel better just from exercise, I can think clearly and easier.

However if I just diet it really doesn’t change much even if I loose weight there isn’t much mood and feeling change/

LuckyGuy's avatar

Let’s look at it from another direction.
Occasionally I will wear wrist weights all day as part of a workout. They are only about a pound each. I am so tired at the end of the day when I wear them. If I were carrying 5 pounds extra I would be even more wiped out.

Judi's avatar

I always feel more energetic when my weight is low. It may be because I make an effort to increase my physical,activity when I am at a lower weight.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Judi makes a good point. The reason people feel more energized after losing weight is because they’re trying to be healthier. Eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising gives you more energy. It’s not necessarily the weight loss – it’s the change in your daily routine/lifestyle. It’s the fuel (food and activity) that gives you energy, not the number on the scale.

LDRSHIP's avatar

Actually sometimes the opposite for myself. When I check the scale, if I am putting on muscle (after recovering from muscle soreness) I feel far more powerful and more energy for workouts I think they correlate accordingly.

Cruiser's avatar

I stopped snoring when I lost 20 lbs. and that meant I got better sleep and I not only feel better I feel great. More energy too!

Judi's avatar

@livelaughlove21 , I think the lower weight helps too. Just ry carrying around a 40 lb bag of potatoes for an hour and see how exhausting it is. carrying around 40 less lbs is a lot easier on a lot of your body parts.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Judi I was going to add that, but didn’t. Yes, that’s true, but I think most of it is just being healthier.

zenvelo's avatar

I feel much stronger and more alert since losing a lot of weight.

Some of it is from not carrying around so much. But it’s also that I sleep much better, there was a bit of apnea from being overweight and not breathing well while sleeping, so my sleep is much more refreshing.

talljasperman's avatar

I’m 272lbs from 292lbs and I sleep more. I wake up at 4pm and I go to sleep at 11 pm.

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