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Why you should ditch your bathroom scale

May 14th, 2012 | no comments

Scales stink! What does that number mean anyways? And who cares? The real questions are:

“How do you feel in your own skin?”
“Are you healthy?”

 Weighing yourself every morning is just like allowing your spouse, child or friend to walk straight into your bathroom and insult you. If this happened, your feelings would be hurt and you would probably be in a bad mood the rest of the day. That is essentially what you do to yourself when you step on the scale every morning. If you happened to be up a pound, you immediately feel like a slob—discounting all of the hard work you’ve put in to living a healthier lifestyle! If you are down a pound, it may have nothing to do with actual fat loss. Maybe you just had a killer bowel movement!

Stop letting a silly weighing instrument dictate how you feel about yourself. Scales can be (and usually are) counterproductive. Who doesn’t want to just give up and indulge in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s when it seems as if their healthy eating efforts are wasted? That pint often turns into an all out eating binge!

If you want to get real about your health—get rid of your bathroom scale! Focus instead on how you feel in your own skin. Make no mistake; if your goal is to shed excess fat, you will have to measure yourself somehow. Why not let your clothes serve as your yardstick?  Not the clothes you want to fit into, but the clothes you are wearing right now. The jeans that fit comfortably (or maybe a bit snug)—not the pair that require you to lie flat on your bed to zip! You will know your body is “downsizing” when your comfortably fitting wardrobe begins to feel too loose and when you have to wear a belt to hold up your jeans. You can’t argue with clothes that are falling off of your body can you?

Understand that not everyone has a goal of downsizing their body—even if they are overweight. This is perfectly OK. One can still be healthy while carrying around extra weight as long as they are eating nutritiously and participating in purposeful movement every day. There are plenty of unhealthy thin people walking around, so size doesn’t necessarily determine health status.

So take a stand here and now and replace the age-old question of ‘how many pounds have I lost?’ with how do my clothes fit?’

Feels much better doesn’t it?

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