If you ever search online for photos of weight loss, dieting, or body image, you might be quite shocked (or not) to see a flood of images of the scale — or worse, the scale chained to a person’s ankle. This imagery, as cartoonish and “silly” as some may think, is very telling when we take into account that the scale has become our proverbial anchor in our quest for better health and weight loss. When we think of marking our progress along our weight loss journey, the number on the scale reigns supreme. In fairness, our doctors check our weight, our BMI is calculated, and even those clothing size charts require us to boil our bodies down to numbers. There is no argument against weight being significant. The number is a great start- and endpoint for most healthy weight loss regimens. When taking into account your height, activity level, and body composition, weight is a good marker of general health. But along the way, the fluctuations on the scale should be used less to note progress, and more to give you a general idea of the direction you’re moving.
By Dr. Heidi Ryan, Bariatric and General Surgeon at VIPSurg Las Vegas Originally Published June 30, 2015 and Updated March 21, 2019 It’s no secret that regular exercise, stress management, and getting enough sleep are critical for combating fatigue. It also turns out that our eating habits directly affect our energy levels, and there are ways we can use nutrition to feel more energetic throughout the day. As busy and productive people with over-scheduled, stressful lifestyles (sometimes combined with little quality sleep and poor eating habits), it is no wonder so many of us feel drained. Fatigue breaks us down physically and emotionally in addition to weakening the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness, depression, and even chronic conditions like heart disease. The good news is that we can take steps to naturally increase our energy through nutrition too.