Published on July 26, 2022
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I’ve met so many people over the years who have fallen into a pattern of dieting failure: One diet after another, several in a year, multiple times, and each time focused solely on their weight, almost never on their health. Obsessively focused on a daily number on a scale instead of a cumulative improvement to their bodies. Willing to compromise health for the sake of weight loss.
I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: You can lose weight and continue to be unhealthy. Unless a person has a shift in perspective, they will always be short-term dieting and never achieve longer-term health. If you are eating from each of the food groups every day, every few hours, using portion control, and drinking water throughout the day, don’t get bummed out simply because the scale doesn’t show a pound or two down over the course of a week. There are very positive changes taking place inside your body, and it won’t be long before you start to feel them:
. . . and this is a short list of health benefits that starts to take place in a short period of time.
Additionally, and using my client’s feedback as a guide, there are two other positive noticeable changes:
Weight loss works in mysterious ways: You can have a ‘perfect’ week of doing everything right and not have weight loss . . . and lo and behold, there it is, 2 pounds down the following week or week after. Or, if despite all your efforts you’re bummed because you ‘only’ lost 1/2 pound in a week, here’s what 1 pound looks like:
So, if you only lost 1/2 pound every week for a year, you’d have lost 26 pounds!
When it comes to weight loss, of course the scale can be a good measure of progress, particularly if you have a lot of weight to lose. But putting too much emphasis on your short-term (daily, weekly) weight results and not enough on your end-game health objectives, is unproductive and can lead to unhealthy behaviors.
You can always find a non-scale success that has taken place in your life every time you don’t have a weekly weight loss on the scale despite your best efforts. Perhaps it’s an improvement to one or more of the positive changes I’ve listed above or:
If your sole objective is to transform your body into a skinnier pair of jeans, and to hell with how you get there, you can definitely do that fast and cheap in the short-term . . . and then fast and cheap again and again. So “fast” actually becomes never, and “cheap” becomes very expensive over time.
Changing your perspective, however — from what the scale says to what your body tells you — will lead to habit-forming improvements that can transform your health and entire life for the better . . . and for the long-term.