Are you a Slave to the Scale?
Are you one of those people who constantly watches your weight on the scale? You feel great when it shows a fall… and when it shows even a minute rise… you feel the world is about to end and the only remedy is a huge bowl of ice-cream or an industrial-sized bar of chocolate. Our weight loss boot camp takes those scales away whether you like it or not.
It’s OK if this rings a bell… because almost everyone does it. I used to do it, too.
But it’s pointless because we end up beating ourselves up for no reason.
First, even if it “meant” anything, getting angry with yourself about some apparent “failure” is no help to anyone at all. It won’t change the “fact” of your “failure” won’t move you forward. All it’s going to do is focus all your energy and attention on something you can’t possibly change because it’s in the past. Far better to think about what you can do differently in the future.
Secondly, your weight can vary dramatically within (literally) hours. Imagine: you get up, go to the bathroom and weigh yourself. A couple of hours later, after breakfast and lunch, a litre of water you weigh yourself again. Heavens to mercy, you’re about 3lb heavier! Obviously, you’ve not squirreled 3lb of fat away in those few hours… it’s just the added weight of what you’ve eaten.
Thirdly, your hydration levels have an amazing effect on your weight. As I mentioned the other day, my cycling friend can lose 2 to 3lb in just an hour’s cycling on a hot day. Then if you have a few low-carb meals with a workout in there, your depleted glycogen levels are going to play havoc with the scale.
Finally, for the ladies, your weight is going to fluctuate with your monthly cycle. Unfortunately, you’re going to be at your apparent “heaviest” at about the time you’re at your most emotionally fragile. Easier said than done, I know… but do remember this when you’re feeling glum about it. Write a note on the calendar for every month: “if you feel blue about your weight… it’s your cycle, it isn’t YOU!”.
A better way to use the scales is at the same time on the same day every week after the same routine e.g. Monday morning before breakfast and after I’ve been to the bathroom.
You still might get a few rises every once in a while, especially around your cycle, but you’ll start to see the long-term trend is downwards.
And that’s what counts, isn’t it?
After all, this weight-loss goal you have is not an event – it’s a process of living a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.
And you can’t change where you are overnight, but you can change the direction you’re heading in.