At the beginning of my fitness journey I made a big change and decided to stop weighing myself completely. I was feeling frustrated and discouraged because I was eating healthy and exercising and the scale wasn’t budging even an ounce. I was letting a “stupid number” determine my happiness and I needed to stop. I am a happier person now that I have stopped letting that number control me. So, here is why I think you should, take a break from weighing yourself.
Let’s be clear: the scale is not the best, indicator of your progress when you’re trying to get fitter and leaner. When you start a new exercise program, your muscles often accumulate fluid as a result of temporary inflammation. It’s common for you to have a slight increase in weight after one or two tough workouts! Your muscles are broken down through exercise, and even though continued exercise will result in lower overall levels of inflammation everywhere, this initial swelling which may not be noticeable in the mirror causes us to think that our workouts are failing. But that’s just in the beginning. In the days and weeks that follow, the scale may produce other illusions that are discouraging.
The fact of the matter is that our bodies are all so different in so many ways. Again, your healthy weight will not be the same as anyone else’s. And, since the scale lies and muscle weighs more than fat it really isn’t even fair to compare your current weight to your past weight. Focus on how healthy you feel and work to improve that instead. For some reason many of us have a number in our head that is our perfect weight. The funny thing is, usually it isn’t really based on health. Your healthy weight is going to look different from everyone else’s and it will be different at different times in your life. If you continue to eat a generally healthy diet (not perfect, but good) and stay active your body will find it’s happy place. You’ll want your healthy weight to be a place you can maintain long-term, not something you have to kill yourself to keep the scale at. It may not look exactly like the number in your head, but I bet it will feel better. After a few weeks on a workout plan, you may plateau for a short time before seeing the scale start to creep up again. This is usually due to a simple swap: muscle for fat. In both cases, even though the mirror usually offers a good and honest reflection of your progress, but we still rely on the scale. Better indicators, and there are many include how your clothes fit ( which indicates loss of inches), the mirror, better sleep, increased energy, improved mood, more mental sharpness, and just a better quality of life. Your success will not be measured in pounds our inches. I challenge you to hide your scale and don’t step on it for at least the next 8 weeks. Focus on how you’re feeling and are you choosing foods that nourish your body and make you feel good. I wish you the best of luck with the results of this new formula.
” If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou