Forget the Scale
If you're weight obsessed...
LET IT GO.
Challenge #5 is to forget the number on the scale!
Nothing good comes from being weight obsessed. But being body AWARE is uber important in meeting your overall health + wellness goals. Yes, there is a difference.
Body awareness includes things like knowing your fluctuations, hunger cues, natural body shape, metabolic tendencies... All of these things influence how you can get fit, lean and fab. The number on the scale has very little to do with it.
Addressing the black and white number: how much you weigh.
While it means little, it does mean something. I am a believer that BMI does matter and should considered when trying to make an 'ideal' or goal weight. For 99% of people, BMI will be a good guide for where you fall into statistics, risky health outcomes and health status. See the chart below? If you are in the GREEN, then forget about weight and use the methods below to better assess your body. Are you in the blue? Focus on gaining pure pounds to reduce risk of being underweight (yes there are health risks to being too thin!). Does your current weight put you in a yellow, orange or red area? Focus on reducing pounds AND the methods below.
If you simply cannot give up your weigh-ins, make them count by keeping a weekly chart --> Add up your 7 days of weights and divide by 7. This will give you your weekly average. This number can show you how your weight is trending and fluctuating over time. No one weighs the same every day or even morning to evening. So weighing frequently can give you a sense of your body's natural tendency to hold water, digest food, and even how much you sweat. The key here is not to pay attention to the number each time you step on, but have a general awareness for how you are trending and averaging.
So why forget about weight?
The number on the scale is only part of the body image equation. To get fit, lean, more energy, more efficiency... You need to concentrate on other measurements. No one wants to be SKINNY FAT (low weight but little muscle tone) and we all know 'strong is the new skinny'.
If you are currently at an unhealthy weight for your height, then yes, first focus on getting that number down a little.
But, if you're at a generally healthy weight for your height, then its time to look at more important numbers to meet your goals.
How to assess your body?
- How clothes fit. Have that favorite outfit? Try it on to gauge where you stand.
- The mirror. As we age or progress thru life, our bodies change. You might not look good at the weight you thought should be your ideal. Be happy with your body image.
- Body fat test (strong not skinny!) - many people put on weight to achieve their fittest self as muscle weighs more (and looks better) than fat tissue. Having this number assessed by a professional is so worth it!
- Inches. Grab a measuring tape and keep track of how the inches move. If your weight isn't decreasing, but your inches are going down... then awesome! Consider it a success.
Make a more quality goal for your body!
Consider this... is losing 5 pounds your goal? How is losing 5 pounds going to make you a better person? Make a more quality goal --> to get stronger, faster, lose inches, increase muscle tone, eat more nutrients, have more energy, reduce a health risk, have more vibrant skin... All of those goals are more likely to keep you on track with moving more and eating healthfully; the two key things involved in losing weight anyway!