Never Do This…
Do you weigh yourself daily?
What about multiple times a day on some days?
Does the reading on the scale have the unique ability to completely F up your day instantaneously?
Are you guilty of mentally terrorizing yourself on most days by letting a mechanical device control you life, offset your mood, and hinder your overall productivity on a given day?
Nothing can be more de-motivating then watching those stupid numbers bounce all over the place throughout the week. I know because I’ve been there.
These days I never weigh myself. I do have a scale next to my bed simply to remind me of how unimportant that daily routine I once allowed to ruin most mornings truly is, but other than that, it doesn’t get used.
I'm not saying that you should never weigh yourself. What I am saying is to do it in an intelligent manner, and ensure common sense is factored in at all times.
WEIGH YOURSELF ONCE A WEEK ONLY!!!
Once a week means just that, 1 time over the course of 7 days. Pick a day. Step on the scale first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything.
If you have to go to the bathroom, make sure to handle that business before mounting the scale as well. This is your baseline and like your diet and workouts, should be followed on a consistent basis.
GET THIS THROUGH YOUR HEAD!!
You need to immediately get it out of your mind that the figures you see looking back at you are the sole indicator of progress or success with your diet.
My weight can and does fluctuate 4-6 pounds on any given day, as will most of yours.
There are several variables, which affect our body weight at any given time. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Water intake or retention
- Carb intake
- Total calorie intake
- Digestive issues you may not be aware you have
- Whether or not you’ve gone the bathroom yet or if you’re backed up
- Fiber intake
Each of these items can affect your weight in either direction. So stop OBSESSING over the scale!
Think about it like this; If you drank a gallon of water, and did not go to the bathroom post consumption, you would in theory have added 8 pounds to your body weight at that point. In this instance, we know that the 8 pounds is strictly water, so our minds can remain at ease.
But in a more routine situation if we were to randomly step on a scale, any increase in those numbers immediately put us in panic mode, and instead of factoring in any of the above mentioned variables, we assume the added weight is disgusting, embarrassing, unwanted fat! Surely that’s all it could be because the universe doesn’t want me to be in shape?!
Does this sound like something you do or say to yourself?
Going forward let’s all do our very best to allocate a bit more common sense into these scenarios.
Scale weight is not even close to the best way to track or measure your progress.
Observe and report your weight changes week to week, but understand that true progress can only be identified by making adjustments to your daily calorie intake, training and cardio schedule, and taking and sharing progress pictures on the regular!!! (Check out Do You Selfie?)
Without accountability there can be no progress!