Should I weigh myself? As with anything weight loss related, the answer isn’t straight forward. There are pros and cons to using the scales. If you have a disordered relationship with food and your body: read on.
Should I weigh myself?
To weigh or not to weigh. Generally when a woman says she would like to lose weight, what she is actually saying is, she would like to be thinner.
In that regard, the number on the scale should mean very little. What we have to remember is that the same weight can look very different on each individual. The same weight also looks different for an individual when you factor in body fat and muscle ratio.
The scale is not the best or most accurate measure of weight loss.
The yo-yo weight cycling, both up and down, can be larger than you expect too. One day you’re down. Hooray! The next, you’re up—then up again. Yikes!
If you’re the type of person who feels like you should always weigh yourself this is a red flag.
All the scale measures is the entire weight of the person standing on it. It gives no indication of the body’s composition and where the weight is coming from. When you weigh in, you’re measuring everything that has weight.
Along with body fat, muscle and bone tissue, that also includes water weight (which can fluctuate wildly), undigested food (that will eventually get burned off), hormonal activity and waste that your body hasn’t yet eliminated. So if you’ve lost body fat but are retaining water, your weight can still be higher.
Weighing yourself becomes a problem when weighing yourself sets the mood for the whole day. When you’re weighing yourself daily and you’re never happy with the number. If you’re engaging in unhealthy weight-control practices and you can never reach that “magic number”. When the number dominates your life, and keeps you and your body trapped in numerical prison.
This is when it is no longer healthy or useful. It’s time to chuck out your scale.
When I was at my lowest weight around 56kg (I’m 5’8), I still wasn’t happy with the number. I decided that I had to stop weighing myself because no matter what I weighed, I was never happy, so why bother. This really helped me to get off the emotional roller coaster and stop obsessing about an unattainable number.
I recommend that my clients weigh themselves initially so they have a starting weight and then not to step back on the scales until the last day we work together. If you have a healthy relationship with the scale and you understand that weight is just one piece of the puzzle, then weighing once a week or month to gauge progress, should do you no harm. However, if a daily trip to the scale constantly screws with your mind, forget about it.
Don’t get caught up in the numbers game. Be proud of what you have accomplished instead. How you feel and look in your body and your overall health, strength, and happiness are far better indicators of how you’re doing on your journey to healing your relationship with food and your body.
Letting go of a number on the scale is truly one of the most amazingly freeing experiences. Your head will have so much more room and clarity to focus on the things that really matter in life. There’s so much more to life than just a number.
You’re so much more than a number.
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