The scale tells you nothing about your health. The number on the scale says nothing about whether you’re moving in the right direction with your health and leaves you with PTDD (Post Traumatic Diet Disorder). Many things, depending on the time of day that you weigh yourself, hormones or what you recently ate or drank affect the number on the scale. Women, especially, seem to think it is the ultimate indicator of failure or success and that is simply not true. Muscle weighs more than fat – well, actually, one pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle, but the muscle is more condensed than the fat.
In other words, if you lost 10 pounds of fat and replaced it with 10 pounds of muscle, you might weigh the same, but look and feel better. The scale is not the best motivator to continue eating healthy and exercising. In fact, if the number you want to see does not appear on the scale, you can feel very discouraged and disappointed.
When you get rid of the scale, you can measure your progress by how feel, look and how your clothes are fitting. It is definitely more fun. The wrong number on the scale can set you up to feel terrible. Do not give the scale any power over you. In fact, getting rid of the scale can help you avoid the ‘all or nothing’ mentality and the obsession with the number’s game. Eating healthy and exercising is what will help you feel great and generally take care of yourself. Perfection is not sustainable over the long haul, but ‘good’ is. By focusing on this, you will naturally lose weight. You want your healthy weight to be a place that you can maintain long-term. It is not fair to compare your current weight to your past weight – again, focus on how much healthier you feel and work hard to improve that instead of focusing on the scale. Instead of the scale, ask yourself:
- How do I feel?
- Do I feel healthy?
- Do I have more energy?
- Am I regularly moving my body and doing exercise I enjoy?
- Is my strength and endurance improving?
- Am I generally choosing foods that nourish my body and make me feel good?
- Am I listening to my body’s hunger cues?
- How do my clothes fit? Am I remembering to love my body exactly as it is?
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