There’s a dark side to losing weight that no one talks about

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This video was first published on Jan. 3, 2017.

One of the most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Thousands will craft diets and hit the gym this January to drop some pounds, but what are they hoping for? While many think that a skinnier body will lead to happiness, science is suggesting this may not always be true. Following is a transcript of the video.

The ugly truth about weight loss. If you’re overweight, then losing some pounds is essential for getting healthy. But not everyone feels great when they lose weight, according to a growing body of research. 

One study found that participants who lost 5% of their body weight over 4 years were 52% more likely to report a depressed mood than those who stayed within 5% of their original weight over those same 4 years.

Your mood can also change depending on how you choose to lose weight. Another study compared participants (who were obese) on a low-carb vs. low-fat diet. After one year people in both groups had lost an average of 30 pounds. But those who cut down on fat reported a boost in mood whereas people who cut carbs had none.

On the flip side — another study found that people who already suffer from depression reported improvement in their symptoms after losing weight. To find out if you’re a healthy weight, check out the CDC’s adult BMI calculator.

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