Have you tried every quick fix and diet trick to lose weight? You’re not alone. From age 9 to 19 I went along the yo-yo course myself, measuring success with that dreaded moment on weigh-in day. I’d wear the lightest clothes, remove all jewelry, and of course, go to the bathroom twice before stepping barefoot on that scale.
The problem was there was never really a great outcome. The cycle would usually go something like this. In the beginning, I would feel the thrill of losing weight fast, which made me feel accomplished and proud. I’d eat less and less, but then the plateau would come, along with frustration and self-judgment. Feeling defeated, I’d give up and start the process again a few months later.
So why do we revere the scale so much? Well, at one point, this was the only measurement we had to judge our success. But times have changed. We know that muscle is more dense than fat, so even if we lose fat and build muscle, we may not see the change reflected in the numbers. But the more muscle we have, the more we fat we burn. We know that weight around our heart is more detrimental than weight around our hips. That the scale does not distinguish between water (when bloated) and fat. That it does not measure improvements in our cholesterol or blood sugar levels.
Most of all, no scale is going to tell us how good we feel after moving and sweating or measure the exhilaration of doing something hard we didn’t think we could do. Starving ourselves to fit into a dress is never going to ignite the same spark as lifting and sweating and stretching our way to a healthy body. Notice I said healthy not skinny.
So let's get with the times and stop stressing over one number. If we're taking the actions we need to be healthy (working out, eating well, and facing our issues) we won't have time to worry about the results. They will happen all on their own.