It’s a new year, which means new resolutions either motivate and inspire us—or just make us feel guilty when we don’t hit those goals. Especially weight loss goals. Instead of judging your weight loss success based on a number on a scale, what if you shifted your mindset to celebrate non-scale victories, like how good you feel after working out?

“The numbers on the scale can get in your head and distract you from other progress you may be making,” says Ashley Stewart, a NASM-certified personal trainer and founder of Kardiá Personal Training. What's more, although weighing yourself may seem like an easy way to track progress, scales are notoriously finicky. Ever notice that the one in your gym and the one you have at home show you wildly different numbers?

All of that is why we spoke with dietitians, doctors, health coaches, and other experts to get their top tips for measuring health and fitness success outside the scale. From increased energy to lower cholesterol, there are plenty of non-scale victories to tell that you’re making progress.

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