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24 Unexpected Things That Happened to People After They Lost Weight Fast

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Many of us (if not everyone) has dreamed of losing at least a few extra pounds. And have you ever thought about what would happen if you lost, for example, 50 lbs fast? A Reddit user decided to find out what changes amazed people after they lost weight quickly and unexpectedly, and he got a lot of responses.

We at Bright Side couldn’t let our readers miss out on this topic, so here are some of the most interesting answers.

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I get so cold now!!! I can’t get away with just a sweatshirt in the winter, I need a long sleeve, underneath a sweater, underneath my big coat before I even feel a little warm. I finally understand why people wear so many layers!!! @TonyDanzer

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I’ve recently lost 65 pounds, from 243 to 178, but I’ve still got a bit to go though. I’ve already noticed a decent difference, including how people act toward me, which I was expecting, but the part I wasn’t expecting was the resentment from some of my friends, who while not terribly overweight, are now slightly heavier than me and they are not happy about it. @greyheim409

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How little I actually need to eat vs how much I felt I could eat. @iswimsodeep

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I went from 230 to 175. Alcohol hits me way quicker nowadays. @Colonel_Gipper

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A lot of things others have already said. As for something new? I was shocked the first time I jumped into a go-kart and flew around the track. I thought they had upgraded the karts, then I just realized that nope, I had just lost 135 pounds. @Faromerojr

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I don’t know if you’d call each one surprising on its own but in total, they combined to be 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 just stand. My depression went away, my anxiety went away, my social phobias went away, the 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 don’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. @vacawonder

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When sitting on hard chairs or benches, I could feel my vertebrae touching whatever I was sitting on. This was very weird to get used to. Also I get cold very easily. @WellAckshully

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In June 2018 at the doctor’s office, I weighed 263 lbs without clothes. This past Thursday, at the doctor’s office, I weighed 211 lbs without clothes. I guess what surprised me the most is that I really can’t see where I lost all that weight. @JenkemJoe

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Going from eating greasy fast food to mostly fruits and vegetables means that you don’t use half a roll of toilet paper when using a bathroom. Shopping for clothes is soooooo much easier now. @Somgr81

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How easy it was to lose weight once I accepted the fact that I’m a food addict/binge eater and therefore calorie counting just needs to always be part of my life. Although the biggest surprise was how sabotaging, mean, and in denial almost all people in my life are regarding food. I subscribe to the “your body, your business” school of thought and was shocked at the amount of times I was accused of having a restrictive eating disorder when I was still well over 200 lbs, eating 1800 calories a day, losing less than 30 lbs a year. Of course when I put on 110 lbs over the course of 2 years no one said a thing. @Isitoveryetsir

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My best friend just lost a ton of weight after a year of hard work. There was a guy at our university who treated her so badly when she was overweight. He one time told her he didn’t talk to “fat chicks.” He wasn’t even that thin himself. She didn’t see him for a year and then we ran into him on campus a year later. She was 100 pounds thinner. He was all over her. He was telling her she was beautiful and he always liked her but was too afraid to tell her, and asked her on a date. I almost spit out my milk and when she responded with, “Sorry, I don’t talk to fat guys.” @Maizybear

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How different people treat you when you are in shape vs fat. You get treated with a lot more respect from men and women. It was weird to get used to. @MordinSalarian

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The before and after photos for the most part. You don’t realize how fat you actually are until you lose weight and look 10 x times better. @pzzyclone

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I even noticed a difference in how many strangers in public made eye contact with me. When you’re overweight, there are people who won’t even look at you. After losing weight, it took me a while to stop being paranoid about whether I had something stuck to my face. @acute_winnipegosis

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How easy it comes back. Went from 250 to less than 200, then back to 265-ish. I’ve lost about 15 since I hit that max, but it’s not as easy this time. @That_ol_boy

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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 thing). Friends used to tell me, “You’re not that fat! You look 140!” I was 260 lbs, but I had never been skinny so I had no reason to not 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, and I noticed I no longer sweat like I used to. 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 pig. You asked for the one unexpected change, sorry I went off on a ramble. @Rondellmole429

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Someone showing romantic interest doesn’t mean their intentions are good. Since I had zero experience until I was an adult, I had to learn the hard way, via being used and abused multiple times, what behavior was acceptable, what was unacceptable, and when to pull the plug on a relationship. @DJSparksalot

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I went from a healthy weight, to obese, and I am back to healthy. It’s definitely made me appreciate my looks more. I used to HATE having my picture taken when I was at a healthy weight, then lamented while I was obese that I barely had any pictures of myself when I was healthy. Now I take every picture opportunity I can get, and enjoy how I look in the mirror. @throwitawaydaybyday

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I wasn’t obese but I lost 30 lbs (from 150 to 120) and oh my god I have cheekbones now! @starglitter

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I posted a before and after Instagram photo and on Monday one of my coworkers said to me, “It’s crazy because I don’t remember you being that overweight!” and I couldn’t decide if I was flattered or insulted. @ItalicSlope

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I lost over 90 pounds last year and what surprised me most is I forgot to calculate for shrinking underwear. It cost a bundle to replace, but was incentive to keep the weight off, which I did! Oh. And my shoe size went down one size. That is pretty common as well. @suspect309

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Lost 67 pounds, and some unexpected fun stuff happened:

— Was running with my friends once and a group of girls drove up and cat called us and my friends said “That was for you.”

— Went on dates with some of the most attractive girls during this time.

— Took much longer for me to realize I am now fit, constantly surprised that attractive girls want to hang out.

— Looking good is half the battle. Being fun to be around and having a good sense of humor goes a long way. It was very hard to understand that attractive girls may feel nervous as well. @benbraddock2002

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How much I disliked the people who were suddenly nice to me, and there were a lot of them. My kids wouldn’t cuddle with me because I wasn’t “soft” anymore. @Toyslinger

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I lost 85 lbs last year. I’m constantly surprised at how I CRAVE water. Before I would never drink water. I’d drink milk, juice, and occasionally soda but never water. But now my body screams for water. I’m not talking I just get thirsty. I desperately NEED water, and now I’m one of those people that constantly needs to have a water bottle on me. @SeattleTrashPanda

Maybe people you know have had the same experience? We would love to find out!

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Oakland teachers strike: Union calls strike for pay, smaller classes

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Teacher frustration keeps spreading.

Public school teachers in Oakland, California, said they will strike on Thursday, following 18 months of tense negotiations with district officials over pay raises and classroom sizes.

“We have had it. Enough is enough, bargaining with our school district has not worked,” said Keith Brown, a middle school teacher and president of the Oakland Education Association, during a press conference on Saturday. “Our schools have been starved of resources for years.”

If they don’t reach a deal before Thursday, about 3,000 teachers won’t show up to work in one of the state’s largest school districts, which has struggled from years of budget cuts and poor student performance.

Teachers say the lack of investment in city schools is hurting student performance. The cost of living in Oakland has also skyrocketed in recent years, due to an influx of high-skilled workers unable to afford housing across the bay in San Francisco, making it impossible for teachers to live there on their current salaries, Keith said. Teachers want a pay raise, smaller class sizes, and more counselors and nurses.

The strike in Oakland would come a month after teachers in Los Angeles walked off the job with similar demands — and ended up getting a lot of what they wanted. At the time, LA officials said the same thing Oakland officials are now saying: We just don’t have the money.

Oakland schools are facing a $56 million budget deficit in the next two years, so the school board wants to cut school spending, not increase it. School officials are trying to get more money from the state, but teachers are ready to walk out. And they know they have leverage.

It’s just the latest strike in what’s becoming a national trend. More than 100,000 public school teachers in six states have walked out of class in the past year, rebelling from years of stagnant wages, crumbling infrastructure, and deep budget cuts to education. The strikes in Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, California, and Colorado had broad public support, forcing state lawmakers to raise pay and fueling a national movement to boost investment in public education.

So far, that momentum shows no signs of slowing down.

Funding for public schools in California is a mess

Oakland teachers share a lot of the same frustrations that led LA teachers to walk out of class in January. They say school districts are spending too much money on privately run charter schools that have little public oversight. They also believe they are paid too little working in a state with much wealth.

California is among states spending the least on each student (adjusted for the cost of living), largely because of the state’s strict limits on property tax rates.

The Oakland Education Association, a labor union representing 3,000 educators, has been trying to negotiate a new contract since the last one expired in 2017. Teachers want a 12 percent pay raise over three years, smaller classes, and more support staff. One school counselor for every 600 students is not conducive to a student’s success, says Keith Brown, the group’s president.

The district has offered a 5 percent raise over three years.

Teachers rejected the offer.

“Unless there are dramatic changes to the district’s approach, including spending more money on students and for nurses and counselors, lower class size, and a living wage that will keep Oakland teachers in the classrooms, we will strike,” Brown said.

The school district has said it is willing to keep negotiating for a better deal to avert the strike, and would consider some recommendations from an independent panel, which found that low teacher pay, large class sizes, and school privatization were hurting Oakland schools. The report also acknowledges the state’s “complicated, flawed” system for funding public education.

“Despite our challenges, we are prepared with a comprehensive proposal to reach an agreement. If both sides are committed to settling the contract before a strike occurs —and we are — an agreement can certainly be reached without disrupting the educational experience for students, families and staff,” Oakland Schools Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell said in a statement Saturday.

They have three days to try and reach a deal.

Teachers are leading a national workers revolt

A record number of US workers went on strike or stopped working in 2018 because of labor disputes with employers, according to new data released last week by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. A total of 485,000 employees were involved in major work stoppages last year — the highest number since 1986, when flight attendants, garbage collectors, and steelworkers walked off the job.

Frustrated public school teachers were behind the year’s largest walkouts, but hotel housekeepers and steelworkers also organized strikes that lasted for days.

There are no signs that worker angst has subsided. So far, in 2019, teachers in two major cities have launched their own strikes. And in January, the Los Angeles teachers strike shut down the nation’s second-largest school district for more than a week.

As part of their deal with city officials, teachers agreed to a 6 percent raise and slightly fewer students in each classroom, according to Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, a labor union that represents about 34,000 public school teachers, nurses, librarians, and support staff in the city.

Last week, more than 2,000 teachers in Denver went on strike for three days. The school district ended up giving educators and extra $23 million in pay and agreed to overhaul the compensation system, which relied heavily on annual bonuses.

Now Oakland teachers are prepared to walk out, and Sacramento teachers may follow.

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