There are probably few things in the world that are dreaded (and hated) more than…the scale!
During my love-hate relationship with my scale, we had our fair share of fights – always telling me how much I weighed with cruel reality (which was usually more than I wanted/hoped/expected); relentlessly pointing out my shortcomings; and never compromising on anything. But somehow always reeling me back in – must’ve been his charm and cute smile. Eventually, though, enough was enough. The time had come and we had to break up. But what I realized in the end was that it wasn’t him – it was me.
As it turns out, my scale was limited and just being honest with me in a simplistic way I didn’t quite realize at first. There were a number of factors that were kind of “flubbing” what your scale was telling me. We’ll never be how were once were, but once I understood what considerations to keep in mind we became pretty solid friends. So consider these points the next time things get a little tense between you and your scale:
1. Your scale doesn’t know what is muscle and what is fat (unless you have a fancy-schmancy hi-tech scale). So if you have been doing a lot of strength training, you may not see the weight loss results you want. You might even gain a little – as they say, muscle weighs more than fat. So try measuring inches or taking a body fat percent measurement (not BMI).
2. Weight yourself at the same time and under the same conditions each time for more accurate weight tracking. What you wear, if you just showered, if you’ve…umm…taken your morning constitution, even where you place your scale on the floor, can all affect the measurement.
3. Do not – I repeat – NOT weigh yourself multiple times a day or even on a daily basis. This is just asking for disappointment and frustration. Your weight can and will fluctuate through the day – by as much as 2-4 lbs! Along with #2, try weighing yourself weekly. Plus, it’ll be an on-going exercise to strengthen your will power.
4. Remember, it’s just a number and you have the power to change it. A weight increase can be frustrating but remember it’s only temporary as long as you continue to work at it.
5. Lastly – and maybe most importantly – shift your mindset and thinking about your scale and weighing yourself. Your scale is just a tool to help your reach your health/fitness goal, but it’s only one tools available to you. Take it with a grain (or pound) of salt. If you gain (or lose) don’t think of it as a failure but as an opportunity to work a little harder. You’re not defeated, just stick to it and you’ll get back on track.
So, my best advice here comes down to this: break up with your scale. You’ll be much happier as friends.