Many of us start our day by stepping on the scale. It doesn’t matter that we know muscle weighs more than fat and how hydrated you are will show up on the scale… we still have to know.
It can be a thrill to find out you lost weight and a depressing experience to find out you gained. We do it thinking it will help us to stay “in control” if we know what the numbers are… “numbers don’t lie.”
Unfortunately, weighing can backfire. Instead of taking you closer to your weight goals, it may make it even harder to transform your body. Here’s how:
- Increased stress throughout the day. When you step on the scale you start your day with worry. Even when you see you have lost or maintained your weight, you will continue to worry about what you eat all day long. This worry translates to STRESS. And plenty of studies have shown that increased stress leads to weight gain or difficulty in losing weight.
- Deciding to avoid the “bad” foods for the day will make you want them more. Ahhh, forbidden fruit. The minute you tell yourself “not allowed” the chocolate, and the chips will look that much more delicious and it will be that much more difficult to resist them.
- If you have gained weight you may feel more depressed and down on yourself. Feeling bad can compels you to seek comfort, right where you’re used to finding solace… with more food.
Ask yourself these questions:
Have you gained weight at a time you were weighing?
Have you lost weight at a time you were weighing?
Chances are the answer is “yes”. Therefore you can conclude that weighing yourself regularly DOES NOT help you to lose weight.
If you regularly worry about your weight, dispose of your scale pronto.
You’re still going to know if you have gained or lost a significant amount of weight because you will FEEL differently and your clothes will fit differently.
Yes, it is possible to weigh without getting triggered into a “Oh my gosh I have to diet! I’m getting so fat!” spell where you plunge into the next quick fix meal replacement, shake, or other extreme measure.
But, until you can say that you genuinely and unconditionally LOVE your body, it’s best just to dump the scale for now, and maybe forever.
Shannon Hodge – Health Coach