If you want to achieve a healthy mind and body then it might be time for you to ditch the scale. While I do believe the scale can be vital and useful in your weight loss journey there may come a time when you need to leave the scale behind.
I started my weight loss journey back in 2021 and the scale was a vital part of my journey. Every week I would go to weight watchers and step on the scale to track my losses and gains. In the beginning it was vital and helped me see my progress. I felt amazing seeing those numbers go down.
Eventually, I hit a wall and the scale has not been moving for months. This can be very disheartening when you are doing all the right things. Working out, tracking calories, drinking water. You are doing all the right things but the number seems to be stuck. It can be so frustrating that you start to lose your motivation and drive. You are basing your self worth on a number! If you are at this point I am going to give you some reasons why you should ditch the scale with me. Now, when I say ditch the scale I mean stop weighing yourself so frequently. If you want to step on the scale once every two weeks or once a month, then go for it. I do believe it is still a good indicator of your progress. You just do not want to make it that one and only important tool to track your progress.
Reasons You Should Ditch The Scale
Your weight fluctuates so much that there can be 5-10 pound difference within a short time frame. I have gained 9 pounds of water weight from being on my monthly cycle. Things that cause fluctuations can be if you ate salty foods the day before, what clothes you are wearing, how much water did you drink, is your colon full of stool (gross but its weight), did you workout? Even just from scale to scale you can get different numbers. Many people seem to think the number on the scale is the ultimate indicator of success or failure and this simply is not true.
It Doesn’t Take Into Account Your Body Composition
Each one of us is unique and we all have different body shapes and compositions. For example when I was at my heaviest people would always guess my weight wrong. They all thought I weighed much less then I actually did. It is because the way my body holds weight. Someone who is the same height as you may be 10 pounds heavier than you but look thinner because the way their body is composed and how they hold weight is different than you.
It Can Become Obsessive
Stepping on the scale everyday can lead to an unhealthy obsession with your weight. If you are letting that number dictate your mood then it is time to take a step back. Instead you need to focus on how you are feeling, are your clothes fitting better, have you lost inches around your waist, are you more energetic? Focus on how you feel and how much healthier you have been instead of a number.
It Can Shift Your Focus
If you are focused on a number then your focus is shifted from where if should be. What are your goals? Are they to hit a certain number on a scale or is your goal to be healthy? Your goal should be to get healthy! That should be your number one focus. Do not let a number take up so much of your mental space that you lose your focus.
I hope you found this post helpful and encouraging. Remember the goal is to develop healthy habits that improve our health and lives. Instead of focusing on a number focus on making healthier choices.