The Weight Loss Cycle

Working with your health care provider to create, monitor, and adjust your plan over time is an important part of weight management. Tell your health care provider where you are in the weight loss cycle:

One

Defining Moment:

I’ve made up my mind. It’s time to do this.

Two

Consideration:

I’m feeling determined. I’m ready to consider the options I have available. I’ll choose the one to help me reach my goal.

Three

Momentum:

I see a difference in my weight and so do others. I can do this.

Four

Plateau:

It’s getting harder and I’m not losing weight anymore. Life is getting in the way. This is really frustrating. (Note: This is often where people find it hard to follow their plans and can revert back to old ways.)

Five

Collapse:

I’m tired of this. I can’t keep it up, so I’m not going to and it’s a relief to stop trying so hard.

Six

Fatigue:

I feel exhausted and sad. I don’t even want to think about my weight right now.

Source: Ethnographic Weight-Loss Patient Journey Study. Novo Nordisk Inc. Custom Research January 2015.

Quick facts about weight loss

Quick fact

Did you know that losing 5% to 10% of your weight is clinically significant? Taking weight off may help improve some weight-related health conditions.