As soon as losing weight is the preferred outcome of healthy eating, you are going to get focussed on that. People can make healthy changes, eat well, and exercise more, but when they get on the scale and see they haven’t lost weight, it undermines all the good they’ve done for their health.
I like to think about it in the way that we talk about work. If you think of the reasons people go into a particular business, often it’s because they’re passionate about what they do. They feel like they can be part of a team and make a difference. Sure, money is a factor – but it’s not the driving motivation. If it was, you probably aren’t going to be as successful as someone who’s driven by a desire to help others.
We need to approach health in the same way. If the whole idea is about losing weight, then you’re ignoring other benefits like increased fitness, more energy, and better sleep. All of these things contribute to making you feel good overall, but as soon as the scales come into it, then everything can come undone.