We can’t preach loud enough why everyone should throw away their set of scales! It is misleading and will only lead to disappointment! Let me guess, you either avoid it like the plague because you’re scared of the numbers, or you obsess over it weighing yourself every day? Don’t worry, we have all been there – both versions!
Truth is, we fluctuate 2kg between days and weeks just due to our hormone changes, fluid retention, etc. It’s not realistic to expect the number to stay where it is day in day out, or for those trying to lose weight, it never moves as much as you like, or in a predictable fashion. This can ruin our day, week or even month!
You should instead be focusing on how you feel, how you look in the mirror, and how your clothes fit. We have all seen the picture of the woman who weighs 60kg and has a higher muscle weight, than the 60kg woman who doesn’t exercise. The body shape is vastly different and that reason comes down to the fact that muscle is tighter and therefore ‘smaller’ than fat. A lot of us call that ‘toning’, “I want to get toned”, “she is more toned than me”. What it actually means is that our body is made up of less fat and more muscle. So we will actually weigh more but you need to get over that. This is why so many of us in the fitness industry no longer refer to using the BMI.
Trainers often have to manage the expectations of their clients that when they start weight training, they may actually be heavier and to be ok with that because the scales are misleading. To achieve our goals of a sexy physique, we need to incorporate lifting and be surprised that you may be heavier, but your clothes will fit you better and you will look better naked!
And that comes to our final point, the scales don’t measure your self-worth! We should approach our health goals from a wellness perspective, for example, what do you contribute to the world? What is your inner beauty? Feed that – read, volunteer, meditate, spend time with family and friends, keep a gratitude diary.
*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time.