The Scale Fail

by Friday, September 18, 2009

I think a common misconception is made when we think about weighing ourselves. BodyFatandBodyWaterWeightScaleThe misconception is that when you are in the process of “dieting”, you should weigh yourself each day to recognize progression. There isn’t any rule to this concept I just tend to disagree with it. Very very often numbers get in the way. I don’t agree with the term “diet” if it is used to describe an amount of time in which you eat a certain way in order to see results. And just the same I don’t agree with frequent weighing in order to measure the amounts of pounds you shed from said “dieting”.

As I state frequently, I am a fan and follower of healthy lifestyle change. The only diet that I practice is an overall healthy lifestyle. Some things I do eat and some things I don’t, this practice is on going and I will forever follow the guidelines I set for myself. The only way to lose AND keep it off is by changing the way you eat long term. Thus adopting a healthy diet. This brings me to my point. In effort to begin a lifestyle change you at first need to know where you are beginning. For most people this begins with the scale. You find out where you are and decide where you want to be based on a number you would like to reach. Unfortunately there is fault in this beginning process.

Although it’s very easy to determine that you want to loose 20 pounds, you have to consider which parts of your body you want those pounds to come from and then work to develop a workout regiment to focus on those areas. All the while being sure to maintain cardio for overall fitness. I do think it’s a good idea to use a measuring tape to measure your self, this will give you an accurate account for which parts are shrinking as opposed to standing on a scale and guessing where the weight loss has come from. Also another reason I am not a fan of the scale is because it brings anxiety, and measuring weight loss in small increments is rather painful, we all get anxious when working really hard and don’t see the results we were after immediately. Many people don’t realize that muscle is heavier than fat, if you are working out correctly and building muscle up to burn the fat the scale may not move much but you will be able to see and measure results.

So in short …. Adapt to a healthy lifestyle, not a diet and measure for results instead of weighing frequently.

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  • Che
    September 28, 2009

    Good post! Thanks for the info 🙂

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