Weight Loss Is An Outcome, Not A Goal

Most people who are struggling with weight loss tend to be short sighted. This is why most people don’t accomplish their weight loss goals. First, people tend to look at weight loss as short term. They choose to lose weight for a wedding or high school reunion. They put a tremendous amount of pressure on themselves and as soon as things don’t work out the way they plan, they get discouraged, shame themselves and give up. Sound familiar? Instead of looking at a weight loss goal, start looking at what would get you to weight loss as an outcome. What this means is that you focus on the behaviors that would get you to the point of losing weight. I think this reduces pressure, but actually puts you in a better position to be successful in your efforts. Our body weight can fluctuate up to five pounds on any given day due to water weight. If your sole focus is weight loss, your mood will likely be dictated by the number on the scale. Knowing that the number can be erratic, this is a set up for you to be discouraged. As soon as it doesn’t indicate the number you think it should, it will be very difficult to keep going. Instead of focusing on the number, set goals around physical activity and eating habits. Start slow and build upon your success. The weight loss will come as you focus on all of the small steps that will get you to your ideal weight. Instead of using the scale, focus on how your body feels as you build upon your goals. Notice the improvement in your fitness level as you increase your physical activity. Notice the ease you feel when you walk up stairs that have been challenging. Notice the improvement in your energy level and quality of sleep. These are the milestones that will keep you motivated.

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has been working in the mental health field since 2001.

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