When you change your lifestyle, including dietary renovations or a commitment to exercise more, you probably aren’t making such significant alterations to your life without a good reason! Most people make these changes as part of a weight loss plan, while others have been warned by a doctor that they need to protect their health. You might even fall into both categories.
But what happens when you’ve been diligent and faithful, and yet the numbers on the scale aren’t changing very much? Before you get discouraged, keep in mind that there are other signs to watch, that will signal improved health (and diet success).
Your clothes are fitting differently. You might notice that your clothes are a bit loose and more comfortable, as your body composition changes to more lean and muscular. Soon you might need to shop for a new wardrobe! But don’t invest too much until you’re sure you’ve reached your final size.
You’re getting stronger. Speaking of body composition, you’re probably gaining muscle while burning fat stores. Often this is the reason that your scale doesn’t seem to reflect your success. But you might notice that you feel stronger during workouts, or that you can walk or run faster, and farther, than before.
You’re feeling better. You’re not on this journey for purely aesthetic reasons! Adopting more healthy habits should also change the way you feel. If you’re feeling more energetic and motivated lately, that’s a sign that your body is changing.
Your outlook and attitudes have changed. You might also feel mentally and emotionally stronger. Do you find that it’s easier to overcome temptation, and make healthier food choices? Do you find yourself looking forward to your daily workouts, and the adrenaline rush that accompanies them? This is a sign that your attitudes are changing, and you’re adopting a healthier mindset.
Your doctor gives you good news. The number on the scale isn’t the only gauge of your weight loss success. Your doctor might also monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar numbers, and more. If he or she gives you a positive report, you’re on the right track. Keep doing what you’re doing, and you’ll enjoy a longer, healthier, and happier life.
On that note, make an appointment with us to discuss your weight loss plan. We can monitor your progress, offer guidance and support, and help you choose the right plan to reach your goals.