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Weight Loss Headaches — Common Reasons and Quick Fixes!

Weight loss seems like the most rewarding, refreshing, linear journey, but what a lot of people, including fitness trainers and nutritionists, fail to tell you is that there are several challenges that you never expected.

Among the side-effects of weight loss are loose skin, change in body-composition (though this is often a positive change), types of pigmentation—and lots of headaches.

So what are these weight loss headaches, why do we get them, and how do we prevent this problem?

Why do some people get headaches as they lose weight?

Headaches can range from mild to severe, with some people powering through a dull ache, and others being debilitated by the pain. They can affect people regardless of age, gender, and other factors; however, they are not completely irrelevant either.

Lifestyle habits, health conditions, hereditary conditions all play a role in how sensitive one can be to headaches too. When you lose weight, your body undergoes significant changes not just in its appearance, but its internal workings and functions, as well as habits, and may signal it through headaches.

What are the most common reasons for these headaches?

Headaches can be triggered by many causes, especially while you're losing weight. This includes migraines for those who may or may not have a history of them too. Some of the most common factors that could be responsible include:

  • Dehydration: A lot of us forget to drink and hydrate sufficiently during the day, but it's crucial to do so when you're losing weight because you're probably cutting back on other drinks. Your blood vessels also shrink, and this could be another cause of dehydration.
  • Changes in mineral levels: As you cut out certain foods and add others, your body is likely to respond to the changing mineral levels.
  • Hypoglycemia: This, in particular, is linked heavily to migraines, which can be triggered by low glucose levels.
  • Low Carb Diet: Severely cutting down on carbohydrates is known to make you feel ill, leading to fatigue and headaches. Consume a healthy amount of good carbs a day and make sure you’re burning those calories. Having a healthy and balanced diet will have you feeling your best.

There are other causes too, such as eating too few calories, or eating the wrong kinds of foods while you're working out excessive physical strain and activity, and more.

How can they be prevented or managed better?

So how do you prevent these headaches and avoid getting them on your weight loss journey? The answer isn’t as simple as you’d think.

Losing weight in a healthy, holistic manner requires an understanding of your body. You need to practice healthy, sustainable habits such as eating well-balanced meals, cutting out triggers like sugar, and working out to keep your blood pumping.

When you do experience such weight loss headaches, as a quick fix you can try using an ice pack. Place a cold pack on your forehead for 15 minutes and then take a break for 15 minutes.


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