Step Away From The Scale!

Why is it that when someone's goal is to lose weight, they feel compelled to measure it by whether or not the scale moves?  The problem with using the scale as your only measure of success is that it only measures weight.  It is an objective number that does not take into account your eating habits or lifestyle.  In addition, that number may fluctuate do to hydration, dehydration or fluid retention.  Therefore, it is not always an accurate measure of true weight loss or gain in regards to body mass.  With all of that being said, if you have found success in regular weekly or monthly weigh-ins, then I do not recommend changing anything.  If it works for you and does not cause any negative thoughts then I do believe it can be a positive force to keep you on track.  If you are paying more attention to the number on the scale than to what got you there, then you may want to rethink the scale. Here's why:

1. The focus should be on replacing unhealthy eating habits with healthier ones.  This should be done at a pace that is right for you.  This may mean 1 small change every 2-3 weeks or 3 changes every month.  You make the rules but whatever you decide must be sustainable long-term.

2. The focus should be on the way you feel in your clothes.  If your clothes are a little loser then bravo! If they are a little tighter, tighten up on your eating habits and increase your physical activity. 

3. The focus should be the healthy food habits you are creating regardless of whether you got a way with it on the scale.  Even if you got away with a "sugar-saturated" week without the scale going up, that does not change the fact that refined carbohydrates are not good in excess.  

4. The focus should be on how you feel.  When we eat bad, we feel bad.  The scale is irrelevant and cannot measure how we feel.

 If any of these things sound familiar, then taking a break from the scale could help you achieve your weight loss goals sooner than you think.  Once you take the scale away, you are given the ability to access what you are doing, why you are doing those things, and realistic ways to make the necessary changes.  It is truly about your health and treating your body with the utmost respect.  You've got this and you're worth it!


Diets Don't Work!

If we put as much time and energy into our long-term weight management goals as we do into “quick-fix, fad diets” we would all be successful!

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