I have mentioned that I am a health coach and that I speak to many clients a week; usually 80-100 different people, sexes, personalities, lifestyles, stress levels, and professions. I have done this for about eight years now. That is a lot of people, in the thousands! Believe me when I say, there is probably not a story that I have not heard or experienced myself. And, I get it! I really get it. No doubt, I have felt the way many of my clients feel: OH NO, THE DREADED SCALE.
Honestly, people are afraid to get on it. They have such guilt and shame some weeks that the thought of getting on the scale and SEEING it is almost more than some can bear. In fact, I will have people get BARE, just to not see an extra ounce on it. And sometimes, they don’t want to get on at all!
The scale can certainly be used as a guideline, but it is not the only gauge of your total health. Different body types, sizes, shapes, heights, muscle mass and gender plays a role in your scale weight. Don’t be a slave to the scale; you are NOT a number, you are a whole person. Your body composition and your belly fat (circumference) have more to do with your general wellness than the number on a scale.
We all have heard that muscle weighs more than fat. So 5 pounds of muscle is denser than 5 pounds of fat, but it’s still 5 pounds, right? For example, it is possible for a person to “only” lose one pound after a week of intense dieting, eating extremely low fat and low carb, and become upset. Why might that have happened? It is conceivable that person might have gained 3 pounds of muscle and lost 2 pounds of fat, and net lost 1 pound. Chances are you lost in all of the right places, more importantly, from the inside out! Focus on the inches and the body fat not the scale!
Don’t be afraid of the scale. It is not going to bite you. And, even if you have been a little ‘naughty’, your body is forgiving. It is what you do most of the time that matters, not one or two meals. Just use the scale as a parameter, but not the be all and end all.