Success is About More Than the Scale

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How important are the scales?

Success is About More Than the Scale

As you set out on your weight loss journey be careful not to get too caught up on the movement of the scale. Scales can be used to indicate your general progress over the course of weeks and months, but shouldn't be your only indicator of success. Realize that day to day fluctuations in weight are normal.

There are a lot of factors that affect weight with the most notable being fluid loss or retention. You shouldn't get to excited or disappointed by changes in your daily weight. For example, don't let your morning weight determine how you will feel for the rest of the day. Also, you shouldn't let a lack of weight loss over a short time period frustrate you or cause you to think about giving up. It is in these moments you need to look at the big picture. Are you making the small steps needed to improve your health?

If you focus on the positive behavior changes you are making the weight loss will follow but you have to be patient. If you have more energy, sleep better at night, are eating better and getting in more physical activity then you have cause to celebrate. Don't let the scales control your life and serve your only barometer of success.



6/14/2009 5:17:56 PM
Sandra said:

I thought joining a gym would make me drop a size or two. I eat what I want pretty much. Strength training I have gained a size in 6 wks now. I guess I need to watch what I eat? No fun. I hope not.


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