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Why do I still feel fat even though I lost weight?

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Last Updated: 03/24/2020 at 11:51pm
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November 25th, 2014 3:36pm
This is normal, as I have gone through the same thing, and am currently doing so. Your brain hasn't registered how amazing you look, yet! If you need to keep losing weight, I encourage you to do so to achieve a healthy, lean body. Please, oh please, make sure you do this in a healthy way. Eat throughout the day, don't throw it up, and maybe do some exercise, but don't overdo it.
April 18th, 2015 9:54pm
Because the social media has corrupted you with these toxic thoughts saying, "skinny is the perfect obdy type". The perfect body type doesn't exist, trust me. No woman has the best body type. The one you see on the magazine? is photoshopped. Nobody is truly perfect. We all have our imperfections and they make us stand out. You shouldn't be losing weight, you should be accepting it. Message me :)
December 4th, 2014 5:17pm
Maybe because you haven't found a way to love yourself and the way you are as much as you should. You have to learn to love yourself before anything else. It will make life so much easier.
December 24th, 2014 10:19am
"Feeling fat" is, as you have said, a feeling. I don't really know much about your situation but if you "feel fat" perhaps you should try a more objective way, such as measurements. Just a suggestion! Most importantly, don't let feeling fat make you feel unworthy - you're beautiful and perfect the way you are, whether or not you are fat. :) Have a nice day!
April 9th, 2015 12:53am
Feelings are powerful and what you see can be affected by them. Even though someone has lost weight the feelings can remain and be hard to shake. Sometimes what you feel you look like is not what people truly see.
April 23rd, 2015 6:23pm
This is so normal. You're not alone in this.Your brain hasn't registered how amazing you look, yet! You're going to see that how amazing even if you're "fat" or "skinny" when you start believing yourself! In my opinion, seriously no matter how "skinny" you're, you're an amazing human being. No matter how "fat" you're, you're an amazing human being, you're worthy. No matter how "tall" you're, you're still so human. I have my prayers on you.
November 25th, 2014 4:55pm
Because the extra skin is still on your body and it may be weighing you down. It may also be a person issue.
November 25th, 2014 7:58pm
Maybe you still suffering about your past, you should try to change the way you look at yourself, recognize your success!
July 7th, 2015 3:24am
We see ourselves everyday, and when we are looking at ourselves multiple times in a short amount of time, it is hard for us to see the changes others may be able to see. Don't worry. Keep track of the changes in your body (measurements, if they aren't triggering) and be proud of yourself for how far you've come. You've begun losing weight in a healthy way, and if that's a goal you're working on, you should be so proud of yourself! Even if you can't fully see the results yet, be proud of yourself for all the work you are doing to stay healthy.
June 6th, 2016 4:58pm
It's the way you view yourself. If it's due to an eating disorder or a disordered relationship with food I can understand. Those around you will see you as smaller than you were before the weight lose but because you have a standard for your own body, you feel like you haven't lost anything.
January 2nd, 2015 4:28pm
Because "fat" isnt really a state of being it is a state of mind. I have experienced that you will never feel okay with yourself and your body before you change your mindset. It doesnt matter how much you weight.
July 7th, 2015 3:13am
It's your imagination, ask the close people around you about your looks, shape and weight and see their opinions, you can continue in losing weight until your satisfied
April 3rd, 2017 11:40pm
It is about perception. You still perceive yourself as fat, even though you may not be. You might compare yourself to others, or to people in magazines, or your idea of a "perfect" body. This does not make it accurate. If you can change your perception of yourself, then you can start to see your body more positively.
January 25th, 2016 4:16pm
Eating disorders are not rational. You feel fat when you're skinny and skinny when you're fat. They are dangerous to the body as well as the mind and never turn out good in the end.
May 30th, 2016 5:10pm
You lost inches or pounds, but it doesn't seem to change the way you feel about yourself. When you get used to thinking of yourself as fat, it's really hard to change that mental picture. Sometimes the dissonance between what you perceive and what is can be pretty drastic. When this happens, it might be helpful to get a second opinion from someone you trust to be honest with you.
March 24th, 2020 11:51pm
I've gone through this feeling multiple times. As a woman growing up in this day in age, I think society's socially constructed definition of "beauty" is often equated to being thin. Living in a hot climate doesn't help either as there are added pressures to constantly maintain a certain look to be deemed pretty. It took me a long time to realize that my self-deprecation was really affecting my happiness and the fact that I was constantly focused on the number of the scale or the amount of calories I ate in a day only brought more stress in my life. I changed my outlook and donated my scale and deleted my calorie tracker. I instead focused on working out for me because I wanted to be healthy. Changing my eating to focus on achieving the best health possible for myself. Choosing to love my body and appreciate my flaws is a constant battle, but it's so important and writing down in a journal the things that I do love about myself really helped me change my mindset