Whether weight loss or well-being is your goal, building a healthier life is a multifaceted process. And it doesn’t happen overnight.

It takes imagination, bravery, and sustained commitment to develop healthier eating and movement habits.

Focusing on just your weight as measured by the scale can often be too limiting to keep you motivated for long.

So, what exactly are non-scale victories?

Non-scale victories, are the adaptations that may go unnoticed if you’re only focused on the scale as a measure of your success.

The scales show a number. A weight at a given moment on a given day. But the journey to a healthier life can’t be measured by that alone!

You can create a truer picture of your progress by recognising the many improvements you’re experiencing day to day.

1. Your clothes fit better than they used to 👕👚

Most people want to lose weight so they look and feel more comfortable in their clothes, so track that!

2. You can do more of the things you love 🚶‍♀️🌤

You may find that your new habits are making it easier for you to get out and do things you enjoy more often.

3. You have more energy ⚡️🔋

You’re not supposed to feel like rubbish! When you’re eating more nutritious food and increasing your physical activity, you’re bound to feel more energetic overall. Not sure about you but energy was one of the main benefits I personally felt when I started adopting a healthier, more active lifestyle.

4. Your sleep has improved 💤

I read a study that found, people who successfully lost around a stone in weight also improved the quality of their sleep.

Track it guys. How are you falling asleep? How long are you sleeping? Are you more refreshed when you wake?

5. You’ve reached a fitness milestone 🏆

If you’re moving more than you used to, you’ll probably notice changes in your fitness levels the longer you stick with it.

More reps, heavier weights, and longer exercise sessions indicate that you’re moving in the right direction.

Stick with it!

6. Your mind is sharper 🧠

When you change your diet, exercise more often, and lose weight in the process, your thinking skills are likely to improve.

7. Your skin looks better 🧖‍♀️🧖

We see this one a lot In this group. Healthy eating and regular exercise improve the health of your whole body. Over a sustained period, these benefits massively show up on your skin too!

8. You’ve lost inches 📏📐

9. Your coping mechanisms are healthier 🍉

When people are stressed by illness, conflict, loss, or trauma, many change their eating patterns. Some increase the amount they eat while the others decrease the amount.

If you’ve noticed that you don’t use food to cope with stress like you may have in the past, this is a victory worth celebrating. You may have retrained yourself to use healthier stress management techniques like exercise or mindfulness.

10. You’re in less pain 😖🥰

Losing weight reduces the stress on the joints in your body that are weight-bearing — your legs and lower back in particular.

If your weight is slowly decreasing, you may be feeling less joint pain. This may make it easier for you to get the physical activity you need to stay active and healthy.

11. Your mood is improved 😊

12. You have new sources of social support 👩🏻‍🤝‍👩🏼👬👫🧑‍🤝‍🧑

Partnering with a friend or a support group make it easier to reach your health goals.

You may have noticed, for example, that you’re more likely to take a walk if a fitness buddy is waiting outside for you. Or you may find it’s easier to keep a food journal if you see others doing it on the group page.

You want people on your team who are genuinely interested in your well-being. Stay around us, stay accountable & get your pals on board too!