Losing Pounds Isnt Everything

For too many of us, trying to lose weight induces a fixation on the bathroom scale. I have patients who get upset when the scale doesn't show a change for three consecutive days, so you can imagine how crazy they get when it doesn't budge for four weeks.

Remember two things: First, your body is not a machine. Nor is it a duplicate of anyone else's body. It has its own system, its own agenda, and its own timetable. In the long run, it nearly always responds to sensible management by the person in charge-you. But, in the short run, your body may decide to go its own way, for its own reasons, which perhaps we don't understand. Don't get mad at it. It's a good body or it wouldn't have gotten you this far. Be patient; you can afford to outwait it.

Second, loss of pounds is not the only way to measure success. Look at the other markers. Are you feeling better than you used to? Do you have the energy to do things you want to do? If so, then something is happening to your body. Do your clothes feel looser? Have you tried on those clothes that "felt a little too tight" just a few weeks ago? I hope you've followed my advice about measuring your chest, waist, hips, thighs, and upper arms. If you're losing inches, the scale will eventually catch up.

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