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There are many reasons to consider taking a tour in Africa this holiday. Reasons range from her rich resources, to her beauty and vast lands, her culture and beautiful people, to the food and animals. Africa also has the beauty for movie spots and photo shoots for the gram. 

Below are listed Africa’s wonder monuments for your sight-seeing this holiday.

1. African Renaissance Monument, Senegal (161 feet)



Located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles right outside Dakar, Senegal is the tallest statue in Africa. The statue designed by Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby after an idea presented by president Abdoulaye Wade and was built by Mansudae Overseas Projects, a company from North Korea. 

2. The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt (66 feet)



The Great Sphinx of Giza is the second tallest statue in Africa; the statue is an immense stone sculpture of a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. It still remains the largest structure created from a single piece of stone. The greatest monumental sculpture in the ancient world, it is carved out of a single ridge of limestone 240 feet (73 meters) long and 66 feet (20 meters) high.

3. Colossi of Memnon, Egypt (60 feet)

The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during Dynasty XVIII (18th Dynasty). Each statue stands about 18 meters high (making them the third tallest statue in Africa) and resemble Amenhotep III himself. They are located on the West Bank, directly across the Nile from Thebes.

4. Moremi statue of liberty, Nigeria (42 feet)

Standing at 42-feet, in Ile-Ife, Nigeria is the tallest statue in Nigeria and fourth tallest statue in Africa. The statue was indigenously constructed by a team of about 200 Nigerian youths with materials sourced locally from the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.

5. Ramesses II statue, Egypt (36 feet)

The black granite statue depicts the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt, Ramesses II. Damaged during an earthquake in the fourth century, the statue was fully restored this year for the first time since its 1958–60 discoveries by an archaeological team led by Mohamed Abdel-Qader when it was found in 58 pieces.

6. Nelson Mandela statue, South Africa (29 feet)

The statue of Mandela at the Union Buildings, government headquarters, Pretoria is the tallest statue of him yet. The statue is made out of bronze, weighs 3.5 tons. The statue was created by South African sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren and was unveiled on 16 December 2013 -the Day of Reconciliation- at the Union Buildings.

7. “Jesus de Greatest”, Nigeria (28 feet)

Standing at 28 feet, “Jesus de Greatest” statue is the tallest statue of Jesus Christ in Africa. It is located in St. Aloysius Catholic Church in the Abajah local government area of Imo state, Nigeria. The magnificent sculpture was carved in white marble, was commissioned in 2014 and was completed in 2016 by a Chinese company.

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When examining the life of the modern day woman in the corporate world, it is highly pertinent to understand that almost all women who have successfully navigated to the top in the ladder of leadership have had to surmount the raging gender bias setting against women, which is usually associated with the current corporate setting in the world. Advancement in the place of work has never been an easy task for the 21st century woman, especially those who are zealous about changing the tide of things and those passionate about challenging the current domineering patriarchal system in the world.  

Records still show that women are underrepresented in corporate leadership positions. They are rather most times saddled with back office responsibilities while their male counter parts, take limitless frontline assignments and occupy vital leadership positions in big organization.  In this article of 7 things, we will examine 7 top challenges encountered by women in the corporate world.

7 challenges Encountered by Women in the corporate world

  1. The Gender Biased Pay Scheme: Despite the innovation of “equal pay day’ in some countries, women are still faced with real marginalization when it comes to salary payments in most establishments, especially when their earnings are compared with that of their male counterparts. There is an unconscious bias that exist in payment in the corporate world which intentionally attempts to put under the payments of the female gender in organizations. In order to create an environment which will enable an order for women to achieve full parity with men at work, we must eliminate the unconscious bias that still plays a significant role in the gender differences in pay. In one often-repeated methodology for studying gender differences in pay, participants are given a resume to review.  Half of the participants have a resume with a woman’s name and half have one with a man’s name at the top. Otherwise the resumes are identical. Participants are then asked how much they believe the owner of the resume should be paid. Even though the resumes are identical, participants consistently suggest higher salaries for the male candidate, and this poses a huge challenge to the women in the co-operate world.
  2.  Childbearing Discrimination: This is one of the most well-known hurdles to be crossed by a woman who desires to get to the peak of her career in the corporate world. Single women who are progressing in their career are often frightened about what the effects of “being put in a family way” might do to their career. Many women are afraid of starting a family knowing that their career will most likely be affected since being a working woman can become extremely difficult when it comes to having a baby.  It has been reported that some female workers return to work, after a supposed maternity leave only to realize that their job duties have changed or that they can no longer progress within their role.  
  3. The Struggle for a perfect Work-Life Balance:  Unlike the male population, the need for commendable advancements in the corporate world does not totally exonerate the woman from her responsibilities as a wife and mother. In a recent survey with some women with corporate jobs, 44 percent of them reported their work-life balance as the toughest challenge in the workplace. In another survey, 43% of employee said that flexible working hours would help them with stress. The desire for a perfect work-life balance has remained one of the major challenges faced by women in the corporate world. Some scholars attribute a flexible working hours as a major solution to this challenge. 
  4. Physique and Appearance Criticism:  Often times the physical appearance of women in the corporate world is judged more than that of her male counterparts.  In different settings it has been observed that a woman is perceived to be unserious with her job if she does not look polished enough; maybe when she is not wearing heels or make up. On the other hand, if a woman dresses her best and pays careful attention to the details of her appearance, others can assume she’s trying too hard. Now the question on the mind of this great career woman is “what could be the perfect medium?”
  5. Lack of Access to hot Jobs: Despite the admirable desire of most successful carrier women to become top leaders and ultimately successful role models in their field, they are still not provided with the required visibility and international experience that give them access to well-paying and better exposed jobs which seems to be the ‘hot job’ at this time.
  6. The issue of non-inclusiveness in Most Work Places:  it is rampant to feel the air of women being ignored in most corporate settings.  When women in any organization feel excluded, it could result to a lowered job satisfaction, reduced work effort, diminished employee voice, and greater intention to leave. 
  7. The absence of Career Motivators. Career motivators are people who have succeeded in a particular career and now serve as role-models to those currently treading that same path. There are very few powerful examples of female role models in the corporate world and this stands as a challenge to most women since they have little or no motivation to succeed in their chosen career path.

A balanced economy is key for promoting growth and development in any nation and for a nation to have a balanced economy, then gender (whether male or female) should never stand as a barrier to accessing resources in any nation.

Women in technology are often faced with stiff competition and gender inequality. However, the sector can boast of notable and inspiring women who sit as outstanding amazons in the tech hall of fame with glaring achievements to show for their hard-work.

Although women may not dominate the industry as much as their male counterparts, but if you pause for a while to observe their various inputs from different regions and brands to the overarching tech industry you will find outstanding results which symbolizes the truth about women’s push to take the lead and pave the way for the younger generation. Though female representation in technology sector might be few when compared to their male counterpart, their contributions are not little or less valuable.

Until the time comes when the industry will begin to offer equal opportunity and representation to women we will not stop commending the women who have forged ahead to become outstanding in this very competitive sector.

This week’s article on ‘’ 7 things ‘’ portray 7 women who are inspirational role models and are taking technology to a different level from different corners of the globe.

1.  Sheryl Kara Sandberg: is an American tech woman born on the 28th of August 1969. She currently serves as the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook since 2008. Sheryl is the founder of Before joining Facebook she served as vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, and was involved in launching Google’s philanthropic arm Before Google, Sandberg served as chief of staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers. Under her leadership as Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, she led the social media company from a $56 million loss to $22.1 billion in profits in 2018. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook’s board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on its board. Her tireless contribution to the tech industry has earned her a lot of recognition including being the sixth “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine.

 2. Susan Diane Wojcicki: is a Polish-American woman in tech, born July 5, 1968. She currently serves as the CEO of YouTube since February 2014. Wojcicki studied at Harvard University and graduated with honors in history and literature in 1990. She also received her Master’s of Science in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1993 and a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1998. She started out in business selling “spice ropes” door-to-door at age 11. Wojcicki was a founding member of Google, and became Google’s first marketing manager in 1999. She was in charge of Google’s original video service, and after observing the success of YouTube, proposed the acquisition of YouTube by Google in 2006. Before joining Google, she worked in marketing at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California, and Bain & Company and R.B. Webber & Company as a management consultant. Under Wojcicki’s leadership as CEO of YouTube, the company reached 2 billion logged-in users a month and users were watching one billion hours a day. YouTube was rebranded in a way that it birth localized versions in 100 countries around the world across 80 languages. Most importantly, Wojcicki’s leadership increased YouTube’s employment of female staff from 24 percent to nearly 30 percent. Wojcicki is the 6th most powerful woman in the world according to Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

3. Cher Wang: is a Taiwanese tech woman born, 15 September 1958, into the family of late Wang Yung Ching, Founder of Formosa Plastics and Business tycoon. She is the co-founder and chairperson of HTC Corporation and integrated chipset maker VIA Technologies since 2007. Cher studied at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, and in 1981 went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Cher is considered as one of the most powerful and successful women in technology. As of 2014, she was listed as the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Before co-founding HTC in 1997, she established a number of successful IT-related businesses, including founding VIA Technologies, Inc. in 1987. She is currently Chairwoman of both companies, and holds leadership roles in numerous other enterprises and organizations. On the account of her giant strides as an innovative tech woman she was honored on Forbes World’s Billionaires list from 2010 to 2012, amongst others.

4. Sun Yafang: is an inspiring tech woman from China who was the former Chairwoman of Huawei (served from 1999 to 2018). She studied at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China(UESTC), and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1982. She went on to work as a technician at Xin Fei TV Manufactory and later became an engineer at the Beijing Research Institution of Communication Technology in 1985. She joined Huawei in 1989 and was promoted to the position of the chairwoman of the corporation in 1999. According to a 2011 report by the CIA, Sun also worked for the Ministry of State Security of the People’s Republic of China and she was linked to the Chinese military. She stepped down as Chairwoman of Huawei in March 2018, after so many achievements. Sun was the 38th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2016.

5. Dorcas Muthoni: the founder of Openworld Ltd, a specialist computer software company in Kenya that deals in the delivery of some of the most widely used Web and Cloud applications in Africa, including ARIS, an African Union reporting application used by all 54 member states. Dorcas is an alumni of the University of Nairobi, where she studied Computer Science. She has been trained in wireless networks, radio-communications and strategic technology planning, among other subjects. Dorcas established Openworld when she was 24 years old, following her passion to use technology as tool to positively change the African society. Her method for this transformation is through the ordinary African people, governments and enterprises. Dorcas also serves as the co-founder of the regional organization LinuxChix Africa, a Director at Ushahidi and a Member of the council of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa – FOSSFA. Based on her conscious effort towards developing technology in Africa she has been honored on various platforms including being inducted by the Internet Society into the Internet Hall of Fame, in 2012.

6. Juliana Rotich: is a woman in tech from Kenya who has worked in IT industry for over a decade. She studied in the University of Missouri, and has a degree in information technology. Juliana is the Co-founder of BRCK Inc., a hardware company based in Kenya that makes BRCK and other devices.  Juliana is also the Co-founder of Ushahidi Inc, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. She is also a trustee of The iHub in Kenya and Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain. She was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Africa by the World Economic Forum, in 2011. 

7. Kathryn Parsons: is a British tech entrepreneur, the co-founder and co-CEO of Decoded. Decoded is a London-based tech startup which aims to increase digital literacy. The company currently serves as one of the leading global brands offering technology masterclasses in 85 cities across the world reaching 250,000 people face-to-face, as well as hundreds of thousands more online. Parsons has been recognized following her exception input in the tech industry and has received various awards such as the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award which she received in 2013, the Women of the Future award in Technology and the UK Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year and Digital Business of the Year, amongst others.

By Bridget Bentz Sizer

The ultimate Do-As-I-say-and-Not-As-I-do which has been a form of parenting over the years is beginning to fade away, this is because the twenty-first century child wants to see you do before they make a move. However, instead of trying to understand their kids,most parents respond in an authoritarian way, thus making themselves an opponent to their children. When this happens, parents have just entered into a disciplinary arms race in which there are no winners, only hurt feelings, sore throats and soaring blood pressure. Parenting doesn’t have to be a battle, kids are propelled to learn better and easier with an example, this suggest that you as the parent should act first and they will learn to do-as-you-do.

Discipline has always been a consistent issue faced by most mothers as they try to ensure they do not fail in their obligation to raise well-mannered children. Although, there are no cast in stone methods on how to discipline a child but there are definitely practices that help instill positive discipline in children; thereby creating avenues through which children remain true to who they are as well as help them experience the positive outcome and lessons of discipline.

Parenting is not centered on the child alone but also the parent, therefore parents should pay attention to themselves as they also seek to raise their children in a good way. Proponents of positive discipline teach that kids can and will behave better without threats, bribes, yelling and physicality.

Here are seven tips by Bridget Bentz Sizer that will set you on the path to better behavior and a stronger, more peaceful connection with your child.

1. Understand the meaning behind the behavior: Naomi Aldort, the author of “Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,” says that children want to behave well; if they seem to miss the mark, it’s not without a valid reason. “The most important thing is to realize that whatever a child does, we may label as bad, but really the child is doing the best he can. It’s our job as parents to find out why he is doing it,” says Aldort. “Once we know the valid root of the behavior, we can easily remove the cause or heal the emotions, and the child won’t be driven to behave in that way anymore.”

So ask yourself: is your child hitting her sibling in a desperate bid for your attention? Maybe you stayed on the phone too long or ignored her as you rushed to get dinner on the table. If so, what correction can you make to your own behavior that will satisfy your child’s need? “A lot of what we expect of children is unreasonable,” says Aldort.

2. Focus on controlling yourself, not your child: It’s hard to keep cool in the heat of the moment, but Dr. Katharine C. Kersey, the author of “The 101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline,” says that parents need to model the types of behavior they want their children to emulate. Remember, yelling begets yelling, hitting begets hitting. “We should not do anything in front of our children that we don’t want them to do,” she advises. In the case of an extreme behavioral flare-up, this may mean counting to 10, taking a deep breath or simply walking away until you’ve had time to collect yourself.

Jim Fay, the founder of the organization Love and Logic, agrees. “Anger and frustration feed misbehavior,” he says. Fay offers an unusual tactic for keeping your voice in check: instead of yelling that your child is doing something wrong, try singing it. Fay teaches parents what he calls the “Uh Oh” song. If a child throws a toy after he’s been asked to stop, you might sing, “Uh Oh, that’s sad you threw your truck again. I think it’s time the truck went away.”

3. Be consistent with your expectations. Aldort says that parents often overlook a certain behavior in the hope that it will pass. “But guess what?” she says. “It doesn’t pass.” If your child bites another child, for instance, you should hold her arm and tell her that the behavior is not acceptable. If she continues, then it is time to remove her from the situation.

Sometimes a child might try to test the limits by arguing with the rules. When this happens, Fay suggests neutralizing negotiations by repeating one simple mantra as often as necessary: “I love you too much to argue.”

4. Give attention to the behavior you like, not the behavior you don’t. Children often act up because they want your attention, so sometimes it pays to ignore those actions you don’t want to see more of. Kersey calls this the “Rain on the grass, not on the weeds” principle. Tantrums and whining? Play deaf or walk away, and your child will quickly learn that there’s a better way to communicate.

5. Redirect, redirect, redirect. Kids who hear “No” or “Don’t” all the time tend to tune those directives out. So instead of telling your child what not to do, Kersey recommends instead offering a positive behavior to replace the misbehavior. For instance, a child acting up at the grocery store could be enlisted to help pick out oranges or rearrange the items in a grocery cart, or a kid running around a swimming pool might be challenged to walk “as if on marshmallows.”

6. Exploit the “energy drain.” Any parent who has been in the trenches knows how tiring it is when a child acts up, but did you know that that fatigue can be used to your advantage? Fay calls this the “energy drain” principle. For instance, you might defuse a sibling confrontation by saying, “Wow, you need to take that fight with your brother somewhere else, because listening to that could cause me a big energy drain, and I don’t think I’ll have the energy to take you to the park after dinner.”

7. Don’t bribe. It may be tempting to offer your child a cookie for behaving well during an outing, but Fay warns against it. Offering them a reward sends the wrong message; what kids hear is “You don’t want to be very good and you have to be paid off,” says Fay.”

Instead, Fay says, “the best reward for a kid is time with the parents. “Kersey agrees that quality time is key to a happy, well-behaved child. She recommends that each parent spend at least 15 minutes one-on-one connecting with a child every day. “Do something your child wants to do [during that time],” says Kersey. “Whisper in their ears how wonderful they are and how much you love them. … It’s the best investment you can make in your child.”


By Zahra Barnes and Christine Byrne

You’ve heard about zinc before, but do you know what it does for your health?

For starters, zinc is a trace mineral, meaning you only need to consume very small quantities in order to be healthy. “Women 19 years and older need eight milligrams of zinc daily, a pregnant woman needs 11 milligrams, and a breastfeeding woman needs 12 milligrams,” says Amy Gorin, R.D.N., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area.

“Zinc is so often overlooked because it occurs in really small quantities,” says Amanda Bontempo, M.S., R.D. You don’t need to consume much daily, even though it has so many benefits and profoundly affects how your body works, she adds. “But because you need so little of it, it doesn’t take more than a mild zinc deficiency to affect you.”

Zinc keeps your blood sugar stable.

Insulin is the hormone responsible for keeping your blood sugar levels stable, which means it’s super important to overall health. Zinc plays a role in the synthesis, storage, and release of insulin in the pancreas, says Gorin.

So, a zinc deficiency could negatively affect insulin levels, which can lead to negative changes in appetite and blood sugar levels.

Zinc helps your body heal.

Zinc interacts with blood platelets to help with blood clotting, so getting enough zinc is an important part of helping cuts and scrapes heal properly, says Gorin.

Still, Bontempo says healing varies from person to person, so there’s no hard-and-fast rule about how slow is too slow for something to heal. But if you see a change in how well your body bounces back from an injury, a zinc deficiency may be the culprit.

It keeps your digestion running smoothly.

“Zinc works with proteins in every organ and helps nearly 100 different enzymes with different processes, one of which is digestion,” says Bontempo.

Zinc acts as a co-factor in a lot of gastrointestinal activities, which means your body can’t digest food and absorb nutrients properly without it.

“It’s easy to mistake symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea for something like a gluten intolerance,” says Bontempo. Instead, you might want to think about adding some zinc-rich foods, like shellfish and yogurt, to your diet.

Zinc helps you taste your food.

Since most of your taste receptors are in your nasal cavity, the two senses are inextricably linked. Zinc is crucial to fully functioning taste perception, so if you start realizing you’re not tasting or smelling things as vividly as you used to, it may be because you have low zinc levels.

This symptom takes gradual hold and can be subtle, so the best way to catch it is by engaging in mindful eating, says Bontempo.

Zinc might help you pay attention.

While it’s not conclusive yet, Botempo says research has shown that your zinc levels may affect how long you’re able to sit and concentrate.

“Researchers saw behavioral changes when people with deficiencies ate zinc-rich food items,” she says. “No specific mechanisms have been identified for low zinc causing impaired attention—but the correlation is there.”

Zinc keeps your metabolism going strong.

“Zinc helps metabolize protein, carbs, and fat,” says Bontempo. “When you don’t have enough, you can experience reduced energy, and sluggishness.” You might also have a harder time losing weight.

Just remember: Don’t load up on supplements if you have any of these symptoms of a zinc deficiency. “Since you need so little zinc, it’s easy to overdose and see negative effects,” says Bontempo. Instead, just eat more zinc-rich foods, like legumes, nuts, and seeds to help see the benefits of zinc

When asked about the secret to his business success, Jack Ma, the founder of Asia’s major e-commerce company, Alibaba, said that women are the “secret sauce” behind his company’s growth and success.

Underscoring the importance of women to the growth and success of his company, Mr. Ma organized a Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship, a two-day event, which held in Hangzhou, China and had in attendance, women leaders from across the world.

According to Ma, women make up about 40% of his company’s workforce and 35% of its high-level managers. This no doubt belies almost all misconceptions about women and competence in the workplace. That is why the raging argument about who make better managers and leaders between men and women, have long become obsolete.

Here are seven reasons why women make better leaders and managers than men:

  1.  Women are Better at Management

While men are comfortable with the cross-the-bridge-when-we-get their kind of approach, women work better with a detailed plan and to-do list. Same way it has also been generally established that women are better managers of resources. Women possess many traits that qualify them as better managers in the eyes of their co-workers and subordinates. They are a lot more considerate of people working under them and they also have the zeal to grow along with others in an organization.

  1. Women know how to succeed against all odds

Women have odds stacked up against them, so, they are already used to sidestepping these odds towards achieving results. Most men simply do not understand what it feels like to be underestimated right from your childhood. On the other hand, every girl and women have faced this at some time. They have the drive to prove the people who put a barrier in their way wrong and succeed in whatever path they are working in.

  1. Women possess patience as a virtue

When it comes to patients, women possess a great dose. Leadership is about being meticulous and unfortunately, that is not the forte of men. Women know that decisions are not to be made in haste and so they take a time to breathe it out, dig deeper before jumping to conclusions when it comes to business decisions. Women are also known to handle stress efficiently than men. Stress can blur your decision making capability at times and then you end up making decisions that may possibly ruin your chances of promotion.  

  1. Women are great Motivators

Leadership is about rallying people to action. This is a natural arena for women. Not all posses this uncommon quality, but, it comes naturally to women. Most women have detective quality hidden in them which often comes out when in need. They know very well what motivates you and what triggers your fears. This way they easily come up with ideas to encourage and motivate you.  A study also reveals that people working under women are more engaged than those under men.

  1. Women are good at collaborating with people

There is a general belief that women are all too often on the competitive side, but this is far from the truth. Women are better at bringing everyone together towards achieving set objectives. Similarly, women are natural at collaborating and working together with others. Women are accustomed to playing many roles at a time because they are the homemakers and they know how to make everyone happy and this works as an advantage in an organization. Men use their alpha-male characteristics to direct others and lead while this might be good in one way they still can’t be able to do teamwork without which a company can’t move forward. Women like to work in a team, share their views and ideas and find a solution to the problem which will be in favor of all the team members.

  1. Women are better communicators:

Like the age-long proverb that says that “While men do the wrestling, women will do the talking,” simply alluding to believe that women are talkative.  While this may appear true on the surface, a closer probe shows that women don’t just talk, they do so for a reason. They have a unique ability to think rationally about everything. Women often tend to deeply analyze and over think things which sometimes work well for them.

They can perfectly and tactfully communicate with people and snag a business deal. Their soft skills help them apply things in the corporate world efficiently. Better communication facilitates the flow of information in an efficient way which is needed in leading a company.  While men prefer action over words, women prefer talking it out over a discussion and then proceeding with the work. They also have great listening capabilities and that’s the reason why they relate better with employee and customer concerns. Communication plays a key role in nurturing and maintaining strong relationship be it in a company or personally.

  1. Women can be generous with Praise  

For better employee engagement, there needs to be a degree of both carrot and stick.  Women are almost always better at giving credit where it’s due. Giving praise can be interpreted by some as a sign of ‘weakness’, and while men prefer to portray themselves as in control and authoritative, women are generally much more relaxed about offering praise.  Research has shown that employees who feel valued and are recognized for their contribution are more productive, so words of encouragement now and then really can have a positive impact on the whole team.

While this list does not lay claim to exhaustiveness, it presents some facts about women in leadership. It shows why more women must step up to the leadership position and quit thinking it’s a space reserved only for men. As they say, “when you don’t get a seat at the table, you bring your seat along.”  Women must, therefore, put themselves forward more often for leadership roles in the workplace.

The case to lose weight and get healthy is rooted in a better life and not just better looks. People all over the world are presented with different fad diets and exercise regimens that are supposed to help them lose weight.

Weight loss sure has lots of benefits that transcends from being healthier generally to being able to fit into that size x dress you bought for a party.

While the benefits of weight loss are thrown to us via books, social media and even well-meaning friends or relatives, people hardly talk about the down side of losing weight.  

Surprised? I was too.

Now let’s see 7 not so fun things that happen to our body when we lose weight.

1. You May Develop Sagging Skin and Stretch Marks

Loose, sagging skin and stretch marks is the product of losing lots of weight too fast. Registered dietitian nutritionist Malina Linkas Malkani, creator of the Wholitarian™ Lifestyle, told INSIDER that this happens because the skin isn’t able to shrink as quickly as the body.

She advises that those who want to lose weight should “focus on slow, steady weight loss, at a rate of about one to two pounds per week to give the skin time to shrink along with the body.

She also recommends implementing resistance exercises to prevent the loss of lean muscle mass. According to Prevention, building muscle could help prevent sagging skin during weight loss as well as eating more produce, using sunscreen, and using collagen-based serums or retinoid.

When weight loss does happen quickly and there is a lot of loose sagging skin, some people opt for surgery to remove it. It’s worth noting that the process will result in visible scars and will take a few weeks for recovery, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

Moreover, it also depends on the exercises that you engage in; so always consult your fitness expert or gym instructor to make a workout plan accordingly.

2. Your Taste Perceptions Could Change

“It’s not an act of growing out of anything, it’s that your interest in food is hormonal,” and ghrelin secreted from the stomach makes you very hungry, and you find different food more appealing.”

This theory is supported by a study that found people who had lost weight via bariatric surgery had a change in taste. According to Time, almost 87% of patients reported this change post-surgery, and half of those people said food didn’t taste as good. Those who had dulled taste buds also lost more weight than their peers who reported their tastes sharpened.

That’s because of hormonal changes that influence how taste receptors relay information to the brain, according to Health.

3. You Might Feel Colder

This common weight loss complaint has to do with your metabolic rate and hormone changes.

“Your body is going to lower your metabolic rate when you lose weight to try to conserve energy,” and in conserving energy, it doesn’t have a lot of extra calories to keep you warm.”

Another reason you might feel colder is because you no longer have fat acting as an insulator. Shape reports that without that extra layer your body becomes more sensitive to temperature changes as you lose weight.

You might consider investing in new blankets as you burn those calories.

4. May Also Affect Your Skin

Sure, your diet may keep your body slim, but it may impact your skin health, too. The foods you eat decide what will show up on your skin. Poor nourishment may lead to break-outs, acne, dull skin, fine lines, et al. The idea is to add foods that are rich in antioxidants that help block skin damage, especially from the sun.

5. May Cause Constipation

If you are following a certain diet, your constipation maybe related to the dietary changes you have made. So, it is always good to add up on more fibre-rich foods, including whole grains, salads, raw fruits and vegetables, et al, to get your bowels moving. Also, it is important to keep yourself hydrated all the time, which helps keep constipation at bay.

6. This May Also Affect Menstrual Cycle

The stress placed on your body during weight loss could also impact your period. According to VeryWell, the more weight you lose and the faster you lose it, the more likely your period will be affected.

Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center, explained that this happens because your body thinks it’s starving hormonally.

“Lectin will shut off your menstrual period because your body thinks it is starving and it’s not healthy for women who are starving to have a pregnancy at that time,” she told INSIDER. “So your body doesn’t conserve your period so that you don’t get pregnant and really have a problem.”

It is always good to consult a dietitian to construct a healthy diet plan for you to lose weight in a proper way without having to affect your monthly cycles.

7. You May Have Trouble Sleeping

The relationship between sleep and food is complicated. Not only does what and when you eat affect sleep, but sleep also affects your food choices, NBC’s Better reports.

The basics of sleep come down to a chemical called adenosine, which builds up in your body before a rise in melatonin, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Although we know that sleep is key to successful dieting and weight loss, it might be harder to sleep during weight loss because of dietary changes.

“If you want to sleep well at night you want your tryptophan levels to go up, and the way to do that is to have a little carbohydrate with protein and, that will increase tryptophan levels in the brain and melatonin. When you don’t eat enough or you’re eating less calories, that hormonal balance changes and so you’re not lulled to sleep instead you’re activated, and your body is looking for food.”

To have a healthy sleep at night, make sure you are loading up on carbohydrates along with protein in order to make your tryptophan levels go up.

Side effects aside, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health.


Emily DiNuzzo