Getting Real About Weight Loss

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Our culture LOVES to glorify weight loss as a measure of health, which is nuts if you think about it because…

Weight loss tells us nothing about the measures someone took to create that result.

There are plenty of unhealthy ways you could shed a few pounds this week:

  • Starve yourself
  • Over-exercise
  • Dehydrate
  • Take a diet pill.
  • Smoke to suppress your appetite.
  • Lose a bunch of muscle mass.
  • Catch the flu.
  • Cut off a limb

Ok, maybe I am being a bit dramatic with those last few points, but you get my drift.


Even if you lose weight healthfully, and many people do, I still don’t think we should be celebrating the weight loss but the mindset and actions that lead to the weight loss.

Think about it for a second, to lose weight healthfully, you will likely have to:

  • Listen to your body.
  • Learn about nutrition.
  • Move your body often and much.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Learn how to manage stressors.
  • Practice patience.
  • Lean into discomfort.
  • Show-up for yourself daily.
  • Make some sacrifices.
  • Show up even when you don’t feel like it.
  • Release perfectionism.
  • Make yourself a priority.
  • Change your beliefs around what’s possible.

And the truth of the matter is… you could do all of the above and still not lose the kind of weight you think you should lose.

Does that mean you shouldn’t celebrate your good work? That you aren’t improving your health?

Of course not! I’d love to hear your thoughts, in the comments below.

P.S. Episode 217 on the Grace & Grit podcast is all about this topic. Give it a listen here.

Your progress will NOT be linear.

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