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Friday, 14 April 2017

Why You Shouldn't Become Fixated With The Scales



I'm sure this isn't the first time you'll have heard someone talk about the importance of why you shouldn't become fixated with the scales and it's most definitely not going to be the last. But cliche's aside, understanding the importance of why you shouldn't become fixated with the scales and knowing how to to set targets that suit you; will be a crucial element in accomplishing great things.

'I Am Overweight' was the first time I talked about body confidence on my blog, that and my experience with weight gain and weight loss in general. Embarking on this journey hasn't been an easy ride however; it's meant adjusting to a lot of new things such as - changing my routine to prioritize exercise, to constantly remind myself that I need to drink more water and to stop eating all the biscuits. It's also meant stepping away from the bathroom scales for good.

Truth is; being fit and healthy has absolutely nothing to do with a number. It pains me when I see people actively talking about how they are weighing themselves, because personally, I haven't been having the best experience with this myself. That and the fact you can now take a photograph and use a measuring tape to keep track of your progress. Remember; a number on the scales does not in any way define you, your health or level of fitness.

Here are five reasons why you shouldn't weigh your successes:

1. SCALES SHOW WEIGHT, NOT BODY COMPOSITION - 
Muscle weighs more than fat. So, the number on the scales can stay the same or even increase as you gain muscle and lose body fat. Scales don't measure these positive metabolic changes unfortunately.

2. SCALES SHOW DAILY FLUCTUATIONS -
Your weight can vary by 2-3kg each day, depending on what you eat, hydration levels, fluid retention and bowel movements. Daily weight changes do not in any way reflect changes in muscle or fat.

3. SCALES DISTRACT YOU FROM BETTER HABITS - 
Obsessing about kilos takes your mind away from celebrating positive habits, like eating well today or achieving three workouts this week. Ensure you cheer for all your small successes and changes.

4. SCALES SHOULDN'T DICTATE YOUR MOOD - 
So, the scales didn't change today... that doesn't mean you have to feel deflated or angry about it. Don't let your bathroom scales set your mood for the week, keep moving forward.

5. SCALES SHOW A NUMBER, NOT HOW YOU LOOK -
If your clothes fit better, you look leaner in the mirror and people comment that you look like you've lost weight, then why bother weighing yourself? You've got enough proof it's working, so why do you need a scale to say anything else.

A good way to track your progress is to use a tape measure, the mirror, your clothes and before and after photographs. Check for changes once a week or less, and go from weighing yourself every day, to once a month.
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