The only thing scales are good for is weighing your luggage. Relying on weight alone to tell you how far you’ve come in your fitness journey is a big mistake. There are far better (and more accurate) ways to see how your body has changed. If you want to get fit, standing on your scale is not going to help. In fact, I’m going to give you five reasons why ditching the scale helps you lose weight so you can start crushing your goals.
When I first became self-conscious about the way that I looked, I had a slightly obsessive relationship with my scale. But since I became a trainer and learnt more about health and fitness, I realized the number on the scale doesn’t really tell you anything important. Weight is a number. That’s all. It doesn’t equal healthy or fit.
To be blunt, it’s a waste of time.
5 reasons why ditching the scale helps you lose weight and love your body
1. Your scale is a liar
Do you notice the number on your scale fluctuate from day to day, or even from morning to night? Most of that is water weight, and it changes a lot. As women we retain different amounts of water throughout the day. We can even retain more water at certain times of the month thanks to our friendly hormones (read: PMS). Water weight is affected by how much we drink in a day, and whether we’re dehydrated or not. It can also vary based on the foods that we eat. For example, a high sodium intake increases water retention. How much water we carry can even be affected by how much we sweat in a day.
2. Muscle weighs more than fat (sort of)
If you weigh both someone slightly overweight and someone who appears thin but carries some muscle, you might actually be surprised to see that they weigh about the same. So why is that? Well you may have heard that muscle weighs more than fat, it’s actually a little bit more technical than that. Of course a pound of muscle is equal to a pound of fat, just like a pound of feathers weighs the same as a pound of brick. The difference between the two is density. Muscle is much denser than fat, so it takes much less of it to equal the same weight as fat. That’s why a person with a smaller build can technically weigh the same as someone who’s larger.
The issue here is when you put those two people on a scale and try to judge their progress. An overweight person trying to get fit might assume they’re not making much progress because the number is moving down slowly, when in reality they’re losing more fat than they think, and instead also building muscle which affects their total weight. On the flip side, the toned person who sees their number go down, might actually be losing muscle. In both cases the number doesn’t tell us if anyone’s actually getting healthier or fitter. That’s why ditching the scale helps you lose weight. It takes away factors that might impede your motivation and halt you from further improving. Instead you’re basing your progress on healthier indicators to keep you moving forward. That brings me to my next point.
3. You’ll learn to rely on how you’re feeling
When you stop looking at the number on the scale as a sign of your progress you learn to rely on healthier indicators. My favourite way to track my progress is by observing the way that my clothes fit. Whether your clothes fit looser or just become more comfortable can be a sign that your body is changing. Besides your clothing, you’ll also make the connection between your progress and how healthy you feel. Getting healthy isn’t just about changing your physique, it should impact your mood, energy levels and and overall confidence as well.
4. You’ll learn to find your natural healthy weight
Throw away and the scale and you can stop stressing about that certain number you’re working towards. You know the one I’m talking about. The “I’ll wear a bikini when I lose this much” number or “once I reach this number I’ll be happy”. Well, guess what? If there’s no scale, there’s no number, so you can actually find your healthy weight based on when you feel your healthiest. Depending on your training schedule or your fitness goals, your healthy weight could actually be higher (or lower) than the number you originally intended for anyways.
5. You’ll embrace body confidence
Let’s face it, your scale is a total buzzkill. You can feel great about yourself all evening, but the second you step on the scale your entire mood can change. It kills your motivation, destroys your body confidence and dampens the excitement of your hard work. The sooner you learn to love your body where it’s at right now, the faster you’ll see results. Why is that? Because weight loss is a terrible motivator. It doesn’t account for the muscles you build, or the energy you’re feel. It doesn’t factor in your glowing skin or newfound endurance. The scale takes all your effort and belittles it to something meaningless. So when you see a number that undercuts your work, or you hit a plateau, you think it’s not worth it anymore.
Hands down, one of the most important reasons why ditching the scale helps you lose weight, if not the most important reason of them all. Toss that scale straight out the window. With body confidence you will get through the tough parts of your journey, you’ll be motivated to crush your goals, and you’ll appreciate your progress.
Love your #innerbabe
As women, our weight goes up and down all the time. We don’t need a scale to tell us that. The way our clothes fit is more than enough. Measure your success in better ways. Don’t accept a number as your value of health. Learn these five reasons why ditching the scale helps you lose weight, then live it. Apply this thinking to your life and start loving your body for what it is. Need some support in your journey? Hop on over to my Facebook page and join our community of inner babes. We’d love to have you.
How do you track your body progress? Share your experience with us in the comments below.
And hey, now that you won’t be weighing yourself and stressing out about insignificant changes, go drink lots more water!