We all know people who obsess so much about their weight that they have a scale right next to their bed and in several other places in their homes. Then there are those who behave in the opposite way; they avoid the scale by all means possible because they are afraid of what the number on the scale says about them.
While it would seem the healthy balance would be to weigh yourself occasionally so that you have a good idea of whether or not you’re maintaining or working towards your ideal weight, new research say otherwise.
According to the new research, there are sound reasons why you should stay off the scale.
The following are the reasons why you should stay off the scale:
The Scale Can Trigger Emotional Eating
For many, when the number isn’t what they want to see, anger, self-doubt, or judgment sets in, which can lead to giving up on healthy goals, giving in to emotional eating, and getting seriously stuck. I recommend banishing the scale altogether. Some stash it waaaay back in a closet or on a high shelf, others toss it in the trash, and some have a grand old time smashing it to pieces. The goal isn’t to give up on losing weight, but simply to let go of the association between that number and your mood, motivation,confidence or self-esteem. And while this may seem odd coming from an R.D., the truth is, you don’t really need a scale to know if you’re on the right track.
Your Weight Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story
When you are eating right, it can change the way your clothes fit, the quality of your skin, and improve your energy level and endurance. But the scale may not show those changes. When you weigh in, you’re measuring everything that has weight, including not just your body fat, muscle, and bone tissue, but also water weight (which can fluctuate wildly), undigested food (even if it all gets burned off later), and waste that your body hasn’t yet eliminated. So if, for example, you’re retaining water, your weight can be higher, even if you’ve lost body fat.
Weight Isn’t A Perfect Indicator Of Body Composition
Five different women of the same height and weight can each wear different sizes, and a sixth, who weighs more, can have a lower body fat percentage than her lighter companions. While it’s a myth that muscle weighs more than fat (a pound of muscle and a pound of fat both weigh a pound), getting rid of a pound of fat and gaining a pound of muscle can have a huge impact on how your body looks. To put it in perspective, visualize a 16-ounce ultra lean steak compared to a pound of lard.
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