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Is Your Health Simply A Number on the Scale? — Beyond A Diet
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Is Your Health Simply A Number on the Scale?

Dieting vs Living A Healthy Lifestyle

The proof is always in the pudding. Studies show that when your focus is only on what the scale reads, you are likely to fail.

Getting Started

Instead, purse a balanced healthy lifestyle. Let’s be realistic here, I’m not saying buy a product and immediately join the gym.
  1. Commit to a healthy lifestyle, not quick fixes, fad diets and miracle pills.
  2. Find an accountability partner. Bluntly stated, “power in numbers.” I’ll write more on this topic in another post.
  3. You may be more likely to complete something you schedule. Write a plan and work your plan.
Studies indicate that small, specific changes in physical activity and calorie intake can make a big difference.” [See article here]

Notice, small but specific changes not hire a personal trainer (Worth it if you can afford it) and take on an advanced workout program.

A Short Story

Last summer when I lost almost 30 lbs and cut 3 to 4 inches off my waist, I mostly did outdoor training. I did attend a local gym but I was not dependent upon the gym.

Allow me to remind you that quality exercise is only half the battle.

I also adjusted my eating habits but not by starving myself with some crash diet. Because of my increase in intense exercise my metabolism shot through the roof.

As a result, it required me to eat more meals. I was eating more and still losing body fat.

Lessons to remember

  • What works for me will not always work for you.
  • Everyone has different specific needs.
  • Holistic approach; exercise, nutrition, sleep

Let’s focus on lifelong fitness, forget about what Hollywood stars are doing, and don’t be mislead by vain promises.

If you desire real change in your life, embrace the process and refocus your vision.

Stop looking to the scale.

What might your life look like if you simply shifted your focus?

Other helpful Aricles

Fitness Basics - Fitness requires persistent training and commitment. We will continue to enjoy the benefits of exercising if we stick to it. Once we stop, all the benefits will be gone. Age doesn’t matter. It’s never too late to start exercise. …

Fitness Tip of the Day - Fitness Tip: Getting Over A Fat Loss Plateau - Hitting a plateau during a weight loss program is normal. Your body requires fewer calories to function as your weight decreases. Everyone’s body levels off at a different weight. …

How to Achieve Exercise Goals - Comment by smidgen published on 5/16/2008.

12 comments

1 Healthy living { 05.17.08 at 8:18 am }

Nice tips. I agree with you. I too don’t believe in crash dieting. I believe healthy lifestyle helps keeping yourself fit for longer.

2 Joyntheir { 05.17.08 at 2:40 pm }

Miguel - good point. That is the main reason my ‘diets’ have failed in the past - I only cared about the number on the scale. In recent years, my focus changed to being healthy.

Thanks for coming by Be The Weight You Want.

3 miguelpineiro { 05.18.08 at 1:28 am }

Thanks for visiting! yeah, fitness for the long haul. How is everything coming along at your site?

Hey Joy, how about that, it’s amazing how a change in perspective makes a significant difference.

Keep up the great work over at “be the weight you want.” Thanks for sharing with us.

4 Teresa { 05.18.08 at 6:00 pm }

The word “diet” should mean “what we eat” rather than not eating. Then we would loose weight if we pursed a healthy diet.

5 zeynepankara { 05.19.08 at 7:25 am }

The most excellent diet is what we ate everything, lol. I have a nice! diet program for myself. Maybe I will post it later. I am new here. Cheers, Zeynep.

6 BazookaJeff { 05.19.08 at 8:39 am }

Well put! Having dropped 30 pounds since January and 5 inches off the waist, I am a believer. Its a lifestyle and not a diet anymore for me. I measure my results by a fat caliper….25% to 9%, and look at the scale once a month.

7 somegosoftly { 05.19.08 at 12:31 pm }

Neat site and great information, I’ll be back! :)

8 miguelpineiro { 05.19.08 at 4:14 pm }

hey Zeynepankara

Please, feel free to share. Welcome to the site! I’m glad your here.

Hey BazookaJeff

Thanks, I agree! It is amazing how a change in focus makes world of difference. Yeah, nice habits, always looking at the scale doesn’t work for some, others have to.

For some people, the scale is not what counts because they have to factor in muscle mass and what not.

Hey Somego,

Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. See ya soon.

9 heidi { 05.20.08 at 9:17 am }

Super post! I agree that you have to find out what fits your lifestyle to make it work. Congrats on losing 30lbs! That is an accomplishment I know.

10 miguelpineiro { 05.21.08 at 3:29 am }

Hey Heidi, Thanks! Yeah, it is important to remember that everyone will have different needs. Take Care!

11 Robin Plan { 10.14.08 at 12:23 pm }

Excellent post! It’s a shame when people focus on the scales, eat fat-free junk or diet foods. It’s about eating real food and living a healthy lifestyle, as you know.
Congrats on the weight loss.

12 m3mc { 02.05.09 at 6:59 pm }

Hi there! Thanks for the post to remind dieters that change (in health, in fitness, in body composition) is more than just numbers on a scale. I’m on an exercise ‘diet’ too and I have to remind myself to be patient and that change doesn’t happen overnight. Fellow dieters hang in there!!

m3mc’s last blog post..Why rest is important in training

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