What is the Scale Telling You?
Oh, the dreaded scale… I’m 33 years old and am just recently realizing that the scale is simply just another tool to understanding what is happening with my body. It’s ONLY one set of data amongst the other data you should utilize to understand your weight fluctuation. There’s a handful of things that the scale can reveal, but it’s not a determinant of true fat loss, fat increase, or your worth.
Since I was probably 16 years old, I let the scale drive my emotions and tell me how good I looked and how desirable I felt. I would weigh myself every now and then, and if I was 5lbs down from the last time I weighed, I was ecstatic. If I was a few lbs more than the last time, I would barrage myself with negative self-talk and shame. How I wish I could go back in time and shake the younger me out of that nonsense.
Do you relate? Do you feel that same way when you hop on the scale? Are you letting a number determine how you feel for the day or week? If yes, let me tell you that it does not have to be that way. In fact, it should not be that way, and here’s why:
If you fluctuate 1-5lbs every day or so, that means that you….. are COMPLETELY NORMAL!!!
The scale provides a number of how much your body weighs right? Is it all fat? Obviously not. You are made of a lot more… bone, tissue, organs, water, etc. , and that number reflects ALL of those things. Not just fat. There are times when your body holds more water for whatever reason. It could be that you ate salty food and you’re retaining more water, but you did NOT gain fat. It could be that you worked out really hard the day before and your body is sending water and nutrients to the muscles for recovery, but you did NOT gain fat. It could be a number of reasons. There are approx. 3500 calories per 1lb of fat. So, for you to have gained that much fat overnight, you would have to have gone over your normal daily eating by 3,500 calories!!!
Here’s the thing. I don’t believe everyone needs to ditch the scale. But I also don’t believe anyone needs to tie their emotions to that number reflected on the scale. We should be looking at the scale as a tool that gives scientific data and reflects multiple changes that happen in the body. That’s why it’s important when you are attempting to reach a weight goal to measure different areas of the body, take pictures, and take note of the way your clothes fit. With all of these tools, THEN you can assess whether or not you’re gaining/ losing actual fat.
I desperately want to change the way women see themselves. I wish to eradicate the anxiety that evolves around the scale, eating “cheat” meals, and working ourselves to death. Let’s find some balance, change the way we think about these things, and ignore all of the messages from society that tell us we have to look a certain way, weigh a certain amount, or anything else that messes with your head.
I’m here for you. If you need more help with mindset, nutrition, or exercise, reach out. All you need to do is message me.
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Until next week,