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The Weight Loss Side Effect No One Talks About (And How to Stop It)

Are you dealing with weight loss side effects? Having trouble concentrating? Here’s here to improve focus during weight loss.
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Everyone talks about the obvious weight loss side effects: hunger and irritability, but no one talks about focus and concentration. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know only too well how hard the brain fog hits you. It makes your day-to-day life a lot harder until you either drink enough coffee to put down a horse or you reach your weight loss goal. But your weight loss journey doesn’t have to be so unpleasantly unfocused.

Let’s take a look at how to improve your focus with specific weight loss supplement ingredients – killing two birds with one stone.

Common Weight Loss Side Effects

Weight loss is an admirable goal, especially if you successfully combat any of the usual suspects of common weight loss side effects.

Hunger Pangs: I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been struck by crazy hunger pangs while they were trying to lose weight. As the name suggests, this is when your body starts demanding the calories it’s accustomed to eating. People usually have the biggest problem with hunger pangs during the first couples of weeks, and it’s easily taken care of with low-cal or zero-cal snacks like Jello.

Digestion Issues: Sudden changes to your diet can result in issues like indigestion and diarrhea. This is especially true if you go on a special diet like Keto or Carnivore. Just like hunger pangs, these issues typically clear up within a week or two.

Muscle Loss: If your goal is weight loss, you want to make sure that you are losing primarily fat. Some people believe that the fewer calories, the better. In reality, your muscle mass needs a certain amount of calories, especially from protein, to maintain itself. If you don’t eat enough and you’re working out like hell, your body could end up breaking down muscle for fuel. This is an easy fix. Don’t go on a super low-calorie diet and eat plenty of lean protein like chicken, grass-fed beef, and Greek yogurt.

Mood Swings: Personally, I know when I’ve been going through a cutting phase for bodybuilding, the one side effect that I noticed the most was mood swings. Nothing extreme, but most people will go from happy and confident to uncomfortable and frustrated. Just like the other side effects on this list, mood swings tend to go away once you get used to the new way of eating.

The Weight Loss Side Effect No One Talks About

The one weight loss side effect that you don’t hear much about is a loss of focus.

What’s the deal?

Why does the initial launch into weight loss cause you to have brain fog and a lack of focus?

Well, it primarily has to do with two things:

The stress from changing your diet and less carbohydrate fuel than you’re used to getting.

How a Lack of Focus Can Impact Your Day

You get a little unfocused, but it’s not a big deal, right? Well, don’t be so sure. Brain fog and a lack of clarity can really have an impact on your normal day-to-day.

Brain Fog: Imagine being in a perpetual state of the words being on the tip of your tongue. We’ve all had those days when we didn’t sleep enough and the next day feels like a trippy blur. This sets the stage to forget… a lot.

Hurts Your Job: If you work somewhere that you need to be at the top of your mental game, being unfocused is going to make your job much more difficult.

Trouble in Paradise: Your significant other makes dinner plans, and they slip your mind. Maybe you forget a birthday. You can see where this goes when you aren’t your normal, focused self.

Forgetting Your Diet: Most importantly, if you are in a state of brain fog throughout the day, one of the most important things you could forget is your diet – the very thing that you’re working so hard to get better at.

Best Weight Loss Ingredients That Increase Focus

While whole foods should be the foundation of any successful diet, supplements can provide an extra edge especially for weight loss.

Are there ingredients that double as weight loss support and mental energy booster?

Choline: Found in many nootropic (brain boosting) supplements, choline has been shown to promote weight loss while increasing cognitive function. [1][2]

Capsimax: This is the brand name of an ingredient called capsaicin, which has been found in numerous studies to trigger a fat-burning response in the body. [3]

Huperzine A: Admittedly, huperzine a is in the nootropic camp. However, I can’t recommend this ingredient enough. Huperzine A is considered the foundation of all brain-boosting ingredients, that’s why you’ll literally find it in all of the most popular nootropics. It increases the number of neurotransmitters in the brain and it’s been shown time and time again to improve concentration and focus. [4]

Caffeine: Your morning cup of coffee contains between 100 and 200 mg of caffeine, depending on the brand. You know that caffeine increases focus – It’s why you start your day off with a cup or two. But caffeine also increases your body’s metabolic response. Studies show that caffeine can effectively increase your body’s fat burning ability.[5]

L-Theanine: It’s highly recommended that you take caffeine with L-theanine. This is because it boosts caffeine’s cognitive benefits while minimizing its negative side effects like anxiousness. [6]

Stayed Focused on Weight Loss

Whether you’re on Day 1 or Day 50 of your weight loss journey, you should always give yourself that extra edge outside of a healthy diet and workout program.

LC20 contains all of the weight loss ingredients I mentioned above and many more. All of these ingredients have a dual purpose: to help you lose weight and to keep you alert and focused.

References

  1. Elsawy G, Abdelrahman O, Hamza A. Effect of choline supplementation on rapid weight loss and biochemical variables among female taekwondo and judo athletes. J Hum Kinet. 2014;40:77-82. Published 2014 Apr 9. doi:10.2478/hukin-2014-0009.
  2. Colucci L, Bosco M, Rosario Ziello A, Rea R, Amenta F, Fasanaro AM. Effectiveness of nootropic drugs with cholinergic activity in treatment of cognitive deficit: a review. J Exp Pharmacol. 2012;4:163-172. Published 2012 Dec 11. doi:10.2147/JEP.S35326.
  3. Zheng J, Zheng S, Feng Q, Zhang Q, Xiao X. Dietary capsaicin and its anti-obesity potency: from mechanism to clinical implications. Biosci Rep. 2017;37(3):BSR20170286. Published 2017 May 11. doi:10.1042/BSR20170286.
  4. Qian ZM, Ke Y. Huperzine A: Is it an Effective Disease-Modifying Drug for Alzheimer’s Disease?. Front Aging Neurosci. 2014;6:216. Published 2014 Aug 19. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2014.00216.
  5. Tabrizi R, Saneei P, Lankarani KB, Akbari M, Kolahdooz F, Esmaillzadeh A, Nadi-Ravandi S, Mazoochi M, Asemi Z. The effects of caffeine intake on weight loss: a systematic review and dos-response meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2019;59(16):2688-2696. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2018.1507996. Epub 2018 Oct 18. PMID: 30335479.
  6. Haskell CF, Kennedy DO, Milne AL, Wesnes KA, Scholey AB. The effects of L-theanine, caffeine and their combination on cognition and mood. Biol Psychol. 2008 Feb;77(2):113-22. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2007.09.008. Epub 2007 Sep 26. PMID: 18006208.

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