It’s time to purge that elephant in the room: THE SCALE!
Whether it’s in the bathroom, the basement or in the bedroom, it’s taunting you. Every day it beckons for you to step onto it. It’s the first thing you think of when you wake up and we always want to hop on the scale before bed.
This obsession is one of the reasons you should cut ties with the scale; set it free so you can set yourself free of its chokehold.
Daily weigh-ins are meaningless. Most people trying to lose weight really want to see a change in their body composition: In other words FAT LOSS.
Body composition changes cannot be detected by a scale on a day-to-day basis. Fat loss CAN be detected on a weekly basis, however, so if
you can have enough discipline to only hop on once a week, then you have my permission to keep your scale.
This is very tough however, so if you start to notice yourself weighing yourself more often, then hide it.
Did You Know that Your scale weight can fluctuate up to 5 pounds in one day!
This is due to:
- Weight of food & beverages
- Water loss from exercise
- Water gain from menstrual cycles
- Water retention from high sodium intake
The scale is NOT the real barometer of progress.
You may believe that “the scale does not lie,” and that the number is objective. However, you can get more objective, more in-depth feedback from other measuring tools.
Here’s an easy way to do it at home: Be mindful of how your clothes are fitting. After all, it is pretty common for the scale “not to budge” for a person who finds she can suddenly fit with ease into a pair of formerly tight jeans.
Other effective measuring tools can be:
- How you feel after rushing up a flight of stairs
- Not tiring out as quickly when you play with your children
- Your new found ability to change the water cooler bottle at work without any effort!
- Diminished cravings for sugar
The scale can’t record these milestones. When you read the number on the scale, you will automatically associate that number with food. Yes, that’s right. If you don’t like the number, what thought pops into your mind? It almost always relates to food.
The scale is a harbinger of food obsession, which includes counting every calorie, and carb and fat gram. Before you know it, you’ll be carrying a calorie counter with you everywhere you go. Set a nutrition plan, know that plan, and stick with that plan. But don’t stress every calorie or fret over every carb. BIG PICTURE PEOPLE.
Focus on how you feel, milestones in your daily activities, improved muscle tone, better eating habits, and how your clothes fit, rather than an ambiguous number on a gadget.
For help in escaping the scale’s stranglehold and learning how to make REALLY changes in your body, give us a call today so we can help you with one of our customized programs!
Here for your health,