In today’s world of extreme dieting and quick-fix plans, it’s easy to get caught up in a sea of numbers and to become obsessed with the scales.
We're bombarded with celebrity body transformations, and TV programmes all about crazy weight loss routines as well as most of the people around us joining slimming groups and following fad diets like detox and juice diets boast impressive numbers about how much their scale weight’s gone down by.
But does any of this even matter?
And is there a way to make progress and change your body without worrying about what the scale says?
The only people who really need to concern themselves with the scale are those competing in sports with weight categories – boxers, weightlifters etc.
But for the vast majority of people, the goal is to look better, and feel healthier and happier, not see your weight go down.
Ask yourself this:
"Would I be happy if I lost 15 pounds, but looked exactly the same?"
Now try this one:
"If I could achieve the body of my dreams without losing even an ounce, how would I feel then?"
I’m guessing the answer to the first question would be "no," while to the second, I’d expect a response such as "delighted" or at the very least "content."
And that’s why you can’t get too caught up in scale weight.
If you are seeking to change your body shape, look better and lose fat, then over time, it’s highly likely your weight will go down.
But that doesn’t mean your weight has to constantly be dropping.
It’s rarely linear, and factors such as water and carbohydrate retention, how much fibre you’ve eaten, and inflammation (caused by training and illness) all play a role in your bodyweight.
One week, for instance, you may have been on point with your diet and got every workout in, and lost body fat.
But when you weigh in, your scale shows no change, or even that you’ve increased.
Far from being bad news though, this could well just be a case that perhaps you ate a little more salt than usual the day previous, you had a high-carb meal before bed, or that you’ve not been as "regular" as usual.
Two far better, and more appropriate ways to keep tabs on your progress are to take photos and measurements, which is exactly what I do with my clients.
With the photos, take a picture of you from the front, back and side, wearing the same clothing, under the same lighting, once every 2 to 4 weeks. Then compare these to see changes.
The second way is measurements with a tape. I measure my clients every 8 weeks usually, but you can do monthly. Take readings from your Waist, Hips, Thighs, Arms and Chest/shoulders. The key ones you want to decrease are your waist and hips.
Use these methods to measure your progress and don’t worry it if the scale isn’t moving.
Chances are it will eventually, but you can bet you’re on the right lines if you’re looking better and having to pull that tape measure tighter.
DON'T LET THE SCALES DICTATE YOUR HAPPINESS.
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