Weight Scales...Your Friend or Foe
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Are your scales sabotaging your weight loss efforts? According to the experts weighing yourself while trying to lose weight can actually hinder you from obtaining any success. The reason is our weight can fluctuate up to six times in a day. Also there are so many factors that make up our weight that our scales don't show us. For instance, if you are doing strength training you are building muscles and muscle weighs more than fat, but takes up less space. So you can be losing inches on your body, but weight wise you might be showing a gain. You are making progress, but if you are relying on the number on the scale it might look like you are not. They stated that they had also noticed especially in women that if the number on the scale doesn't show a loss then they tend to view it as failure and this can lead to a binge or abandoning their weight loss program all together thinking it doesn't work. This information caused me to wonder if it was true so I started asking my friends who were fit if they weighed themselves. I was surprised to learn that none of them knew what their weight was...that they measure their success by their measurements, clothes size, and how they look in the mirror. This prompted me to conduct my own research. Put this idea to the test. I was struggling for months trying to break from the 150's to the 140's, but just couldn't do it. After reviewing my food and fitness trackers I discovered what the problem was...what was holding me back from moving forward with my weight loss efforts...it was my SCALES!!! My weigh in days were on Fridays so if I had a big loss I would spend the next two days on the weekend slurging or as I like to refer to it as treating myself. I mean afterall I did earn it...right. I had worked so hard during the week and ate so healthy and clean that giving myself permission to enjoy something fattening or high calorie wouldn't cause too much damage. But, I was fooling myself cause when Monday would come around and I would feel bloated and miserable I would step back on the scale and see a gain and it would affect my eating decisions for the rest of the week. It's like I got stuck in this destructive pattern and couldn't get out. So I had my husband hide the scales from me and I noticed that the first week I didn't weigh in I didn't over eat. I did allow myself to enjoy two cheats over the weekend, but not the whole weekend because I didn't know what I weighed. I did this for the next 3 weeks. Then I finally weighed myself and I had achieved my short term goal and broke into the 140's and had gone down one dress size....yayyyyy...lol. So I ask you...if you are having trouble losing weight and find yourself stuck...could your scales be the culprit?