Today, I want to share with you five of my top reasons to stay off the scales. You may have noticed, if you’ve read any of my other articles, that I’m not so into the scales. I certainly don’t like them being used as the sole measure of progress when you’re working on your health and fitness. It’s really not all about that little number. Far from it.
- The scales tell you absolutely nothing about your worth as a person. You are so much more than the number the scales displays at any particular point in time. You’re an awesome human, with heaps to offer, who is worthy of as much love and respect as anyone else on the planet.
- The scales are rarely a particularly accurate indicator of your progress. There are so many factors that can influence what the scales say over the course of the day, week and month. Scales also don’t take into account body composition which may be changing as a result of your new lifestyle behaviours.
- The scales have the capacity to unnecessarily ruin your day, or worse, your whole week and throw you right off course. I am sure this has happened to your before. It’s happen to all of us I think. You just want to see what’s happening, the result isn’t as you hoped and your whole world comes crashing down around you – it feels like it anyway.
- You will miss all the other awesome achievements along the way if you focus too much on the number on the scales. Check out my post about non scale victories to read more about what I mean. It’s definitely worth noting all the other awesome changes you experience along the way. Don’t just focus on that number.
- The scales show you zero about your overall health status. The scales do not measure a whole range of health indicators. Things such as our blood pressure, our fasting blood sugar, our cholesterol, liver function etc. Many of these numbers have a far more important impact on our overall health than the number the scales shows us. At the very least, the number on the scales should not be used to replace these important indicators of health.
What do you think about using the scales? Have you popped yours away in the cupboard? Do you still find yourself jumping on every now and then to see what’s going on? Let us know below or over on our Facebook page. We’d love to chat!