I am giving a talk on Saturday, April 18th at 10 a.m. at the Bariatric Summit in Durham, NC, hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. My talk is called “Breaking the Scale: Innovative Approaches to Achieving Weight Loss Goals.” This is a topic I am passionate about and have been researching for several months. I am excited to be able to share my findings with you.

If you are in the area, I would love to see you at the summit. This is a free event, so come out and learn about the latest in bariatric surgery. If you can’t make it, don’t worry! I will be sharing my talk with you in a blog post soon. In the meantime, I want to hear from you. Have you had bariatric surgery? Do you know someone who has had bariatric surgery? What do you want to know about bariatric surgery?

What Is Breaking the Scale?

Breaking the Scale is a term coined by Dr. Sherry Pagoto, a licensed clinical psychologist, tenured Professor at the University of Connecticut, and President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Pagoto has dedicated her career to researching and developing innovative approaches to weight loss that don’t involve chasing a number on a scale.

Her mission is to help people understand that health and wellness are not determined by a number, and that there are many ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle without focusing on weight loss.

Is Breaking the Scale a Good Thing?

So, if you’ve hit the big time and broken your weight scale, you might be wondering if that’s a good thing.

First, if you’ve destroyed your scale, you may want to consider a less destructive way to deal with your frustration.

But, more importantly, it is important to remember that weight is not the only measure of health.

In fact, it is not even the best measure of health.

If you’re eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, but the number on the scale isn’t moving, it’s possible that you’re just putting on muscle mass, which is denser than fat.

In that case, you might actually be getting healthier, even if the scale doesn’t show it.

So, if you’ve broken your scale, take a deep breath and consider other ways to measure your progress, like how you feel or how your clothes fit.

And remember, health is about so much more than just your weight.

Breaking the Scale vs. Hitting a Weight Loss Plateau

A weight loss plateau is a common experience for many people on a weight loss journey. It’s when you stop losing weight, even though you’re still eating and exercising the same way. This can be frustrating, but it’s usually a sign that your body is adjusting to a new weight.

On the other hand, breaking the scale is when you lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. This can be a sign of a more serious health problem, like an eating disorder or a thyroid issue. If you’re experiencing rapid weight loss, it’s important to talk to a doctor.

If you’re experiencing a weight loss plateau, there are some things you can do to start losing weight again. One of the most effective ways to break through a plateau is to change up your exercise routine. This can help you burn more calories and build more muscle.

You can also try changing your diet. Eating more protein and fewer carbs can help you feel full and satisfied, while still losing weight. You can also try eating more fiber, which can help you lose weight by making you feel full.

What Causes the Scale to Not Move?

We’ve all been there. You’re working hard to eat right and exercise, but the scale just won’t budge. In fact, it may even go up! It’s frustrating, and it can be hard to stay motivated. But there are many reasons why the scale may not be moving. Here are a few of the most common:

• You’re gaining muscle: If you’re exercising regularly, you may be gaining muscle. And since muscle weighs more than fat, you may not see the number on the scale go down, even if you’re losing fat.

• You’re not drinking enough water: Dehydration can cause your body to hold onto water, which can make you feel bloated and cause the number on the scale to go up.

• You’re not getting enough sleep: Not getting enough sleep can lead to hormonal imbalances that can make it harder to lose weight.

• You’re eating too much salt: Eating too much salt can cause your body to retain water, which can make you feel bloated and cause the number on the scale to go up.

• You’re not eating enough: If you’re not eating enough, your body may go into “starvation mode,” which can cause your metabolism to slow down and make it harder to lose weight.

Breaking the Scale: A Sign of Success

A scale can be a useful tool in your weight loss journey, but it’s not the only way to measure progress. “We don’t even have a scale in our office,” says Dr. Goglia. “Scales are not a good indicator of health or body composition.”

He recommends that his clients focus on how they feel, how their clothes fit, and how they look in the mirror. If you’re not ready to give up the scale, try weighing yourself less frequently, like once a week or once a month.

How to Measure Success Without the Scale

Weight loss is more than just a number on the scale. In fact, if you’re working out, you could be gaining muscle and losing fat, and the scale might not reflect that.

Even if you’re not working out, the scale doesn’t tell you anything about your health. It doesn’t measure your cholesterol, your blood pressure, or your blood sugar levels. It doesn’t measure your energy levels, your mood, or how well you sleep.

There are so many ways to measure your success that have nothing to do with the scale. Taking progress pictures, keeping a food journal, and tracking your measurements are all great ways to see how far you’ve come in your weight loss journey.

The Bottom Line

The number on the scale is just one of many factors that can help you evaluate your health and wellness. If you’re looking to make a significant change in your body composition, consider working with a professional to help you set realistic goals and expectations.

And remember, there are still so many ways to measure your progress and success that don’t involve stepping on the scale.

Some other ways to track your progress include:

• Taking progress pictures

• Measuring your body fat percentage

• Tracking your workouts

• Making note of how you feel before and after you eat

• Noticing how your clothes fit

• Taking note of your energy levels

• Tracking your sleep quality

• Monitoring your stress levels

• Paying attention to your digestion

Remember, health and wellness look different on everyone. Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. Instead, focus on what makes you feel your best.


The bottom line is that losing weight is a personal journey. It is different for everyone and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. If you are struggling to lose weight, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and consider unconventional approaches.