Can weight loss change your personality?

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Posted: 20 Aug 2010, 14:41
I know that weight loss can change many parts of our life, but what about our personality? Can it be changed?

about me, 1- i used to be angry, and stressful with work. Recently, i am very calm person! can it be of my past overeating? I always believe that food can be a type of addiction!

2-I used to be shy from meeting new people or even going out. Why? I just felt that people gonna comment on my weight as i am (alien) Very Happy

Recently, i go out a lot, and spend time with friends. Also, meeting new people. I just feel comfortable with my weight.

3-I am more talkative than i was.

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Posted: 20 Aug 2010, 14:54
Oh absolutely. If you are committed enough to change your way of eating and, eventually, make yourself look the way you want to, you've obviously developed a healthier mindset. It has made me much more of a go-getter in all aspects of life. The positive changes have boosted my confidence, and therefore improved my personality.

Every person I've ever known that has made a significant change in the way they look or how much they weigh have had personality changes to match. People that decide to be healthier are just more lively and positive.

Also, exercise just brings pleasure. Constantly giving yourself a physical 'pick-me-up' has to put you in a better mood overall.
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Posted: 20 Aug 2010, 15:27
I'm not sure that it can change your personality, however seeing results in the gym surely will have an impact in your mood and self confidence. In addition, exercise does produce Seratonin which is a chemical that regulates mood. People being treated for depression (Which I was) were encouraged to work out by MD's because of the Seratonin boost it gives you, and therefore, better mood. So there is science behind it that says yes, but perhaps not "personality". If you are a jerk, exercise might not change that. Being in better mood might make you less likely to be a jerk if you aren't angry.

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Posted: 20 Aug 2010, 15:43
The biggest change in my personality is that I'm very positive and optimistic now Smile I used to be very cynical and probably depressed. Being healthy in your body can make you more healthy in your mind too!
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Posted: 20 Aug 2010, 16:51
I think that for those that were uncomfortable with how they looked there are major differences. I've only been heavy a minority of my life so I never really left the thinner personality. I never worried (much) about how others viewed me because I was already confident in who I was and remembered the thin me. My personality has changed as I got older, I got more outgoing and more confident because I was the shy girl all through high school. Ironically the transformation to an outgoing personality took place as I gained weight.

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Posted: 20 Aug 2010, 20:58
I don't know, yes exercise creates endorphines which make you happy. I on the other hand have been kinda moody since I have changed my lifestyle.
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