Are you Addicted to the Scale?
Are you a scaleaholic? Are you addicted to the scale?
You decided to begin a weight loss program. You started exercising more and eating a little bit healthier. You started keeping track of your progress and measuring your weight. But somewhere along the way, you became obsessed. You developed an addiction to stepping on the scale and now everything, hopelessly, depends on what that scale says.
I’m all for keeping track of your progress, but checking your weight multiple times a day can do you more harm than good.
Here’s what you need to know.
We strive for results. That’s what we do. That’s what life is all about, really.
How do we measure results?
When it comes to weight loss, most people resort to the scale for results. If you weigh a little bit less today than you did yesterday, you’ve succeeded. If the number hasn’t changed (or gone up), you get worried.
Over time, our subconscious craves for this number more and more. It truly becomes an addiction. We obsessively, and sometimes subcionsiously, step onto the scale multiple times a day just to see if the number has budged.
This is not good a good thing when it comes to achieving your weight loss goals.
Here’s the problem when it comes to scale addiction. Your weight can drastically fluctuate throughout the day – anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds! These fluctuations are primarily due to water retention and water loss. You lose water through various mediums – sweat, urine, even your breath! Further, water is mostly retained in the evening – this is why you might notice you’re a bit heavier in the evening. Over night, your body goes through a recovery phase where it returns all fluid levels to steady state.
What does this mean?
If you step on the scale multiple times throughout the day, you will see fluctuations in your weight. If you weigh yourself in the morning, afternoon and nightime, you’ll most likely notice weight gain EVEN if you’ve worked out that day. This can be incredibly discouraging and can eventually result in you giving up.
Here’s a tip to help you out.
Ditch the addiction. Stop obsessing. The truth isn’t always in the number. Weigh yourself ONCE a week AT THE SAME TIME of the day. For instance, Monday morning as soon as you wake up, write down the number. Put your scale away for the week. Next Monday morning, pull out the scale and weigh yourself. Write it down.
This will show you how your body is really progressing. It will show you the weight trends you’re going through. And if you’re exercising regularly and eating healthy meals, you’re more than likely going to be pleased with that dreadful number. I promise.
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