Most of us define success with weight-loss when we see the number on the scale go down and stay that way. But if you’ve attempted to lose weight before, you know that the scale can often be discouraging when it doesn’t show the numbers we want to see. This can sometimes make you feel like you’ve somehow “failed” or you’re doing something wrong.
Success is Relative
However, the true definition of success when it comes to weight-loss and weight management is relative. There are many ways to determine if your efforts are paying off and they vary among each individual. Your personal definition of success will also depend on your unique goals and challenges.
So, if you’re tired of waging a war with the scale and you want to get off the roller coaster of emotions, consider these other factors that also point to success.
Your Health Habits Are Changing
If you’re eating better, getting more physical activity, or even just learning to take more time for self-care, you’re doing a great job! Behavior changes are a crucial component to not just weight management, but also overall wellness.
You Have a Better Quality of Life
Quality of life can be improved by better sleep, more energy, less pain and a better mood. If you’ve noticed any of these things, you’re making great strides in your efforts at weight-loss and improved health!
Non-scale victories tell you just as much about your efforts as the scale. They can include changes in how your clothes fit, changes to your measurements, or even not having to ask for a seat belt extender on an airplane.
Healthier Vitals and Blood Work
These include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, hormone levels, heart rate and others. If any of these have improved with your attempts at weight-loss, you’re on a roll and you should be proud. These factors will also reduce your risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.
You Don’t Always Need Swooping Changes
One more thing to note is success isn’t always measured by dropping significant amounts of weight. In fact, even as little as 5-10% weight-loss can yield incredible health benefits such as lower blood pressure and a reduced risk for chronic diseases.
In other words, if the scale is only showing a few pounds lost, take heart. Considering how challenging weight-loss can be, a few pounds is an incredible achievement!