Going Beyond the Scale

Going Beyond the Scale

Going Beyond the Scale

You are more than a number

Learn the five reasons why Going Beyond the Scale will help you associate a positive self-image when it comes to the number on the scale.

Are you ready to break it off?

Yes, I said it. It’s time to break up with your scale. Seriously, toss it. Throw it out in the trash TODAY.

Mama, I know you have a love-hate relationship with the scale, but it’s genuinely unhealthy and your much more than just a number.

I am here to help you break it off with your scale; he is a lying, cheating, controlling, and useless piece of crap (kind of like your first boyfriend).

I don’t judge mama; I had a few of those.

You are eating healthy and getting your workouts in, yet the scale hasn’t moved since 1999. I understand it, it’s frustrating, this is among the most common issues for those trying to lose or maintain weight.

Don’t let a number define you

You focus so heavily on the scale that when it moves up a pound or two (maybe three), you freak out. Next, you start skipping meals and hitting the gym but yet you are unfocused and unenergized due to the lack of fuel needed to maintain a healthy mindset.

You focus so heavily on the scale that when it doesn’t move, you tend to give up and go back to your old bad habits; eating whatever, skipping the gym, and catching tears in your nightly glass of wine.

You focus so heavily on the scale that when it moves down a pound, it’s time to celebrate. You order Pizza Hut (or whatever your weakness is) and skip the gym. Tomorrow’s weigh-in will leave you back to square one.

It’s a sad cycle.

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Going Beyond the Scale

You are more than a number

Going Beyond the Scale for a better self-image

1. Scale Fluctuation

Over the course of a day, your weight can fluctuate between one to five pounds or more. These fluctuations are not a representation of body fat lost or gained. Weighing yourself daily tells you nothing about the bigger picture.

Instead, if you must weigh yourself do it monthly or if you must weekly, but this number should only be just a number – not an actual depiction on your current health and wellness.

2. Scaling Results

When you focus your attention solely on the number presented on the scale, you are actively missing out on observing more significant results and efforts. Take into consideration five pounds of muscle and five pounds of fat side by side, the fat takes up more volume than the muscle, but muscle is more dense, meaning it will weigh more.

If you must focus on a number, try measuring the circumference of your neck, chest, biceps, waist, hips, and thighs instead.

3. Scale Diagnostics

It’s impossible to say if gaining or losing five pounds would have a positive or negative impact on your health. The number given on the scale tells you very little about what’s going on the inside.

Your relationship with food, hormones, digestive health, and inflammatory status are the most important factors when considering your body weight.

Take a step back and re-evaluate your lifestyle practices. Are there any patterns to your current habits that may be contributing to weight gain or plateau?

4. Scale-Esteem

It is psychologically unhealthy to allow a number, (regardless if it’s your credit score or the number of failed relationships) to determine your worth, value, and self-image.

When you get overly invested in a number, you lose sight of the real picture, which can lead to more failed attempts at weight loss, increase depression, self-esteem issues, and poor choices.

5. Scale Factor

The biggest misconception of the number on the scale is that you associate it with one major factor – FOOD. The reality is there are other factors at play when it comes to the number on the scale.

Your sleep habits, activity levels, stress management skills, and health history all play a significant role in body composition. No one looks at a scale and thinks to themselves; I should get a better nights sleep, or I need to manage my stress better.

The Take Away

Taking the number away on the scale will help you break the chains of a negative outlook on your weight and self-image. To track your weight loss progress its best to always take before and after photos along with taking body measurements. If you must weigh yourself, do it before your weight loss journey and after. Don’t let a number define your health goals.

Are you ready to ditch the scale?

-Angela

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