Throw Away The Scales

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Throw Away The Scales

07th Nov 2013

It's time to purge that elephant in the room - the scales

I used to go to clients homes and find they weighed themselves every day and all of a sudden they started going crazy. Seriously! They couldn’t stop!

So I took their scales and kept several in the boot of my car so they would STOP the obsession of weighing themselves.

Whether it’s in the bathroom, the basement or in the bedroom, it’s taunting you.

Every day it beckons for you to step onto it. It’s the first thing you think of when you wake up and we always want to hop on the scale before bed.

This obsession is one of the reasons you should cut ties with the scales; set it free so you can set yourself free of its stranglehold.

Daily weigh-ins are meaningless.

Most people trying to lose weight really want to see a change in their body composition: FAT LOSS.

Body composition changes cannot be detected by the scales on a day-to-day basis. Fat loss can be detected on a weekly basis, however, so if you can have enough discipline to only hop on once a week, then you have my permission to keep your scales

However, this is very tough - so if you start to notice yourself weighing yourself more often, then hide it.

Did You Know that Your scale weight can fluctuate up to 5 pounds in one day!

This is due to:

  • Weight of food & beverages
  • Water loss from exercise
  • Water gain from menstrual cycles
  • Water retention from high sodium intake
  • Weight of non-voided bowel contents
  • The scales are NOT the real barometer of progress.

    You may believe that “the scales do not lie,” and that the number is objective. However, you can get more objective, more in-depth feedback from other measuring tools.

    Here’s an easy way to do it at home: Be mindful of how your clothes are fitting. After all, it is pretty common for the scales “not to budge” for a person who finds she can suddenly fit with ease into a pair of formerly tight jeans.

    Other effective measuring tools can be:

    • How you feel after rushing up a flight of stairs
    • Not tiring out as quickly when you play with your children
    • Your newfound ability to change the water cooler bottle at work without any effort!
    • Diminished cravings for sugar
    • The scales can’t record these milestones. When you read the number on the scale, you will automatically associate that number with food. Yes, that’s right. If you don’t like the number, what thought pops into your mind? It almost always relates to food.

      The scale is a harbinger of food obsession, which includes counting every calorie, carbohydrate and fat gramme. Before you know it, you’ll be carrying a calorie counter with you everywhere you go.

      NO MORE!