Top 50 Non-Scale Victories – What the scale does not tell you
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A billion-dollar industry
Why am I not losing weight
What are non-scale victories
Top 50 Non-Scale Victories list
A billion-dollar industry
Losing weight and dieting is one of the most searched topics on google. At last count, there were 88 billion searches for dieting and losing weight. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans dieteach year and spend $33 billion yearly on weight loss products.
Losing weight and maintaining a weight loss is complicated, as many people will understand. It is a series of hormonal interactions, lifestyle, genetics, environment, muscles, digestion, mental health, gut health, and many factors that still need to be understood.
“Why am I not losing weight?”
Why am I not losing weight is a question I get often. It is a difficult question to answer because I don’t know. One of the most complex parts of working with patients who work so hard and make many positive changes is that the scale does not budge. The scale many times is what people focus on as a measure of success. Although that is one small piece of the health puzzle, many other factors that are not scale-dependent show how healthy we are.
An answer that I focus on is the importance of non-scale victories.
What are non-scale victories?
Non-scale victories are successes that a person can achieve or feel when they begin to make healthy food and lifestyle changes. Often times the scale will be the last to move which is so frustrating. There are so many more positive changes that can happen that do not have anything to do with a number on a scale. When asked why I am not losing weight, we brainstorm at least ten healthy non-scale victories people notice when they make healthy changes.
One answer that I can give is non-scale victories. When asked why I am not losing weight, we brainstorm at least ten healthy non-scale victories people notice when they make healthy changes. Many times people can identify with these victories and they are a better marker for health than weight and BMI.
Top 50 Non-Scale victories list
Clothes fit better
Not needing to unbutton pants after you eat
Able to poop easier, more regular
Stool is softer
Pea is clearer, less yellow
Understanding what works for you
Finding new activities you enjoy
Trying new foods
Blood work has improved
Higher HDL cholesterol
Improved blood sugar
Improved insulin resistance
Less fatty liver and improved liver health
Taking less medication
Reducing the dose of medications
Skin looks better
Hair looks better
Able to bend over to tie shoes
Spending less on out-to-eat foods
Using all the food purchased from grocery shopping
Not relying on the scale to dictate mood
Rings fit better
Socks fit better
Improved attention span
Sense of achievement
Excited about progress
Understanding hunger and full cues
Understanding how to fuel yourself better
Understanding how food works in the body
Seeing the joy in the process
Getting to know yourself better
See more muscle definition of your body
Understanding that weight is just a gravitational pull
Understanding how wonderful, creative, special, and loved you are.