As a Certified Health Coach, the words I hear most often are “I want to lose ___ pounds.” When you ask someone, “What are your health goals?” they are almost always tied to a number on a scale. Well,I’m here to tell you that it is time to ditch the “magic number” on the scale and refocus your attention, because the obsession with your weight is actually what is weighing you down.
Stepping on the scale once a month or so can be a good way to gauge your eating habits and make adjustments if you find that you are gaining, losing or maintaining. Yet, let’s be honest, how many of us only weigh ourselves once a month? Especially when we are on a weight loss journey?
I know in the past I have found myself checking my “numbers” 2 or 3 times a day (what?!?!?!) on top of being time consuming it was also maddening. Here are some of the reasons that I have chosen to break up with my scale and why I support my clients in doing the same:
How Your Scale Is Weighing You Down
1. The number on the scale fluctuates and it fluctuates often.
At any given point throughout the day your weight can fluctuate up to 5 pounds in either direction. Factors such as food and fluid intake, time of day, activity levels, weather and hormone levels all cause the scale to bounce around. These fluctuations are not indicators of actual fat lost or gained however they sure can do a number on our mental and emotional wellbeing.
How many times have you hopped on the scale at the end of the day and saw a 3 pound increase from the morning? How did you feel afterwards? My guess would be discouraged. Weighing yourself daily is just unnecessary torture and I encourage you to hide the scale away in the closet so you aren’t tempted to step on it every time you take a shower.
2. Your weight actually has nothing to say about your health.
Losing weight does not mean that you are healthy. You can easily count calories, exhaust yourself at the gym and spend your days obsessing over weight loss supplements and reduce the number on the scale. However, true health is found when you begin to heal the body with things like reducing inflammation, creating a healthy gut microbiome, improving sleep habits, reducing stress and balancing hormones, none of which your scale can measure.
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3. The scale keeps you stuck on food.
When our health journey is focused on the scale then we tend to focus all of our attention on food because, well, food is a big influencer of our weight. As a coach who practices a holistic approach to health and wellness, I can tell you that many more factors actually influence your health to a higher degree. Things like quality of your relationships, stress levels, emotional triggers, sleep habits and lack of a spiritual practice. All of these can cause an unhealthy shift in your body.
4. The scale blinds you to the real changes.
When we are focused solely on a number goal we often miss out on all the amazing results that we are experiencing. Things like increased energy, more restful sleep, better digestion, clearer skin, decreased anxiety and depression and less overall illness. These are incredible and real changes that show us that what we are doing is working in our favor yet we are blind to them due to our obsession with that “magic number.”
5. The scale cannot determine your self-worth.
You know what I’m talking about! How many times have you been having a fabulous day, feeling happy and loved and then you jump on the scale, see a number you don’t like and spend the rest of your day sad, angry and defeated? It’s because we let that number decide how successful, happy and lovable we are.
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Now It’s Your Turn
Do any of these examples resonate with you? Do you let the scale hold too much power in your life? It’s time to break up with your scale and find freedom to love your body right where it is in this moment. True health is not a number on a scale and your self-worth should never be determined by it. So, pack your scale away in the closet and gauge your health and wellness on these things instead. Ask yourself:
How am I feeling physically today?
How am I feeling emotionally today?
Is the food I am eating nourishing my body?
How did I sleep last night?
Am I feeling fulfilled in my life today?