The Health Advocate

by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

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Many people struggle to lose weight for many years. While some people eventually give up on their goal and simply accept their body as it is, you may be one of many people who has achieved your goal through hard work and the right weight loss strategy. Losing a substantial amount of weight can improve your physical health, your self-confidence and many other aspects of your life. However, this major accomplishment may also come with a few extra expenses that you had not planned on. These are some expenses that are common after people lose a significant amount of weight.

New Clothes
You understandably want to show off the thinner you rather than hide your body behind baggy clothes. In some cases, weight loss is so significant that there is no feas way to wear the old clothes without them falling off. From head to toe, you may need to invest in a completely new wardrobe. This includes obvious items like pants and shirts as well as underwear, socks, shoes and more. It also includes new items for each season, so this expense can add up.

Cosmetic Surgery
While significant weight loss includes the loss of fat, your skin may not have kept up with the weight loss. It is common to have loose, saggy skin that is unfortunately unattractive and bothersome after losing dozens of pounds or more. A tummy tuck and other cosmetic procedures can help you to get the look that you desire. These procedures are not usually covered by a health insurance plan, so you should plan to pay this expense out of your own pocket.

Personal Training
The last thing that you want is to regain the weight that you have worked so hard to lose. Some people are able to exercise regularly at home or on their own at a gym and can keep their weight off through hard work and dietary adjustments. However, others may need assistance from a personal trainer on an ongoing basis to ensure that the pounds do not return. A gym membership, fitness clothes, and other items may be needed depending on your specific fitness plans going forward.

These expenses can add up to thousands of dollars or more, and personal training may be an ongoing expense that you need to add to your regular budget. By planning ahead for these expenses, you can decrease the financial strain that they may create and more thoroughly enjoy your slimmer and healthier body.

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