posted by Mark McGill, RD
If you or someone you know is attempting to lose weight a question that will likely be posed is “How many pounds have you lost?” Of course, the numbers on a scale will be tracked but they shouldn’t be the only indicator of success. When measuring success, it’s important to look at the other areas of your life that have improved. Do you have more energy compared to before when you play with your grandkids? Are you cooking more meals from scratch and eating out less frequently? Have you increased your consumption of vegetables? Are you eating less refined carbohydrates? Are you more physically active? Are you sleeping better? Are you happier? In general, are you healthier now compared to before? If you answered yes to one or more of those questions then you have achieved a level of success that you should be proud of - regardless of what the scale says.