Are you fed up of yo-yo dieting? Do you often times find yourself demotivated after stepping onto the scales? Then please do me a favour and THROW AWAY YOUR SCALES – YES!! I want you too: bin, burn, crush, break, distroy your scales however you see fit. It is a thing of the past and is only useful to keep a DISTANT eye on. When you start any new program your body goes through numerous changes so basing the success or failure of all your effort and hard work on the number on the scales alone is a fool proof recipe for disaster. This is why most people don’t stick to a plan, if I don’t see the numbers changing on the scales then whats the point right!?
Heres Why You Should Stop Weighing Yourself
1. Water can fluctuate your weight up and down.
Have you ever followed a diet and exercise plan and could sware you did everything right but you step on the scales at the end of the week and there’s little or no change? Frustrating right!? Before you give up consider this, your fluid levels fluctuate based on your bodies needs so stop basing your goals on the weighing scales alone.
2. It only measures body weight.
Emm. You already knew that right? Heres the problem:
Losing weight doesn’t always mean you’re losing fat. You could actually be losing water or more importantly lean muscle mass, this can slowly decreases your metabolism over time, making it more difficult to achieve your ideal physique. That’s why it’s more important to measure body fat as it’s your body fat content that defines your body shape not your weight. (You can have 2 people who both weigh 10 stone yet they look completely different, this is due to body fat %)
3. Fat days are inevitable.
Do I really need to explain that? It is unrealistic to be perfect all of the time. In fact perfection is downright impossible so here it is: If you are a ‘scales’ user and you are on a ‘diet’ or ‘exercise’ plan, how motivated do you feel after stepping up on the scales after a ‘fat day’? From my experience working with clients, that number on the scales can have a profound effect on whether you continue with a plan or give up.
4. It is an inaccurate reflection of your body.
There’s is more going on within your body when you make the changes to a healthier you. If you are eating healthier, exercising more, sleeping better, drinking more water, have increased energy levels and have an overall good feeling about yourself then please let me inform you that your weighing scales is NOT going to give you this kind of information. It is only going to say ‘Hi……. You will be in a good mood today because you are down 4lbs, or it will say, Hi….. So sorry to let you know but your day is now ruined bwcause you are up 4lbs. Sorry!
5. Self Esteem & Self Image
This for me is the most important. We are bombarded everywhere we go about body image, weight, how we look ect ect… and here’s the thing’ if you are a fully confident, self assured, love the skin your in, like a boss kind of persons then perhaps stepping on the scales on a weekly basis does not effect or alter your mood in any way to that I say go for it (although it’s still not an accurate account of your overall health) to the majority of us out there’ Please throw your scales away if only for this one reason alone: If stepping on the scales and letting a number define the kind of day sometimes week or months you are going to have then you need to STOP doing it.
If I don’t weigh myself then what do I do? I hear ya’ so you want to keep some sort of track on how your progressing and this is a good thing. There are so many options that can help keep you focused.
What You Can Do To Track Your Progress:
1. If you have a trainer let them track it for you so don’t have to stress over it.
2. Hang up that dress or pair of jeans that you want to wear somewhere in your house that you will see daily. This will help you visualise your goal.
3. Do body measurements with a tape for your arms, chest, hips, stomach, legs. You will see an increase or drop in size through measurements.
4. Take a picture of yourself as a before and after for motivation.
5. Listen to your body, note when your feeling good, sleeping better, enjoying the energy boost, you have worked for it so enjoy it.
Let’s start creating a healthy relationship with ourselves and how we view our bodies, understanding and feeling the benefits of the changes and effort we put in and recognise it is OK not to be perfect because perfect does not exist. Love the skin your in. Thanks for taking time out to read my tips on why we should all burn the scales. I hope it was helpful.