If you have ever tried to lose weight then you have probably stepped on a scale. or two.
I never kept one around on a consistent basis until about 6 months ago.
I had noticed changes in my body from working out consistently and eating good food.
I wanted to see what the scale would tell me.
I was also working with several folks who were starting their journey to a healthy weight and realized that many of them were feeling sabotaged by the scale.
They were working out, eating right, sleeping well…doing the things that need to be done to lose weight.
They were even feeling great.
Their clothes were looser.
They could see a difference in their pictures.
THEN they stepped on that scale. THAT scale.
The scale may not have budged or budged very little.
It was totally deflating for them.
They had worked so hard to see hardly any change in that number on that scale.
So it got me to thinking. A lot. For a while. I listened to different viewpoints from the professionals.
This is what I came up with: do what works for you. Seriously. Do what works for you.
If you have 50+ pounds to weigh then a weekly check in might really be helpful.
Or it might not be.
If you have reached your goal weight then a weekly check in might keep you on track.
Or it might freak you out when it shows a one pound increase.
If you have 10 pounds to lose it might frustrate you when that scale doesn’t move very quickly.
Or it might motivate you to kick it up a notch.
Here’s the tricky part about scales. They weigh your weight. Total body weight. Not just your fat. Not just your muscle. Not just your internal organs. ALL of it gets weighed on a scale.
And when we decide to lose weight, we really want to lose FAT. A scale will not tell you how much fat you have lost. It will not tell you how much fat has been replaced with muscle. It will only tell you that your overall weight has changed.
For example: I heard a true story about a gal who weighed 155 lbs. and wore a size 12 at the start of her journey. After starting to exercise and eat right, she was a size 6. but still weighed 155.
Same weight, difference size.
Did she lose fat? You bet she did.
Did she gain muscle? You bet she did.
So the scale didn’t move even though her pant size did.
Fat weighs differently than muscle. You could lose fat and gain muscle and never see a jump on the scale just like that gal.
So the point is this–if the scale makes you mad, sad, angry or frustrated then please get it out of your house.
That doesn’t mean you have to smash it, you can just give it to a friend.
Then once you are at a more stable weight and no longer actively losing weight, you could bring it back into your house for check ins.
If smashing it makes you feel better, then smash it.
This is what I tell everyone nowadays–do an initial weigh in, find a measuring tape and take measurements of your chest, waist, hips and thighs, and take pictures of yourself.
The results that you see when you take measurements and pictures will BLOW YOUR MIND.
The scale may not show a darn thing, but if you are really working–exercising, eating right and sleeping well–then you will see a change in your measurements and pictures. And quite possibly the scale.
But that scale? It’s not the be all, end all. It’s just measuring your weight. If it frustrates you, don’t use it.
Eat good food, move your body, sleep well. Do your best.