Lose The Scales & Lose The Weight - Stop Weighing
Yourself Every Day
of us become obsessed with the weighing scales and what it relays
back to us when it comes to weight loss. This can unfortunately
become a hindrance and stumbling block that prevents us from achieving
the goal we are seeking.
You want fat loss, you want a 'LOT' of it... and you want it 'FAST'.
Unfortunately it doesn't happen the way we want it to and focusing
on the wrong things, which includes the scales, is only going to
set you up for disappointment along the way.
NOW... Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that you shouldn't use
the weighing scale as an assessment tool to monitor your progress.
What I am saying is that you should not become obsessed with what
the scale says and make sure you are using other more useful assessment
tools in conjunction with using the scale.
I'm currently in LA to help a buddy of mine lose some weight and
get back into shape and start leading a more active-healthy lifestyle.
For the 1st three weeks I deliberately allowed him to weigh himself
daily, which is something many people do. You see I knew there would
be a point at which he started to freak out about the lake of progress...
I mean the scale is going to fluctuate from day to day when you
weigh yourself obsessively like that.
That 3rd week he ended up only dropping 1.2lbs... although he did
drop some inches he was disappointed because like many he was basing
his progress solely on what the scales read.
The 2 weeks previously he had lost 6lbs and 5lbs... so you can
understand his frustration. I tried to explain to him that when
you begin to obsess about the scales often your body will respond
by doing the opposite to what you want it to do... i.e, hold onto
the weight you want to lose.
Since then I took the scales away from him, put it far out of sight
and only allow him to use it once per week... the following week
he was down 4.8lbs and a total loss of 17lbs and 10 and ¼
inches within 28 days. He was happy!
So my suggestion is not to lose the scales altogether... rather
I want you to... Lose your weighing scale obsession and start to
see the weight and inches come off.
Only allow yourself to weigh in once every 7-14 days... take the
reading and then get back to focusing on what you need to do in
order to keep dropping pounds and inches, regardless of what the
scale just read...
A friend of mine once said 'You are more than a number, so don't
define yourself by one' and I would add that you shouldn't define
your progress solely on what the scale is telling you.
Also... when you do step on the scale, make sure you do it:
- Once every 7-14 days.
- On the same day of the week. I find Monday or Saturday to be
- First thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything.
- In minimal clothing. Underwear, bikini or shorts is acceptable.
Along with using the scale I suggest you use the following to
monitor and assess your progress every 7-14 days:
- Take girth measurements of all the major sites on the body.
- Progress photos taken every 2-3 weeks and compared to your day
- Body fat analysis... if you can get a professional to measure
- Journal... so you can first see how committed you have been
I hope you found this tad bit of information informative and that
it will encourage you to step away from the weighing scale for a
moment and allow yourself to start evaluating your assessment protocol.
Best of luck to you with your fat loss and physique development