Top 5 reasons to stop weighing yourself

Top 5 reasons to stop weighing yourself

The scale doesn’t tell the whole story.

1. You’ll never be satisfied

Let’s look at Carol for an all too common example:

  • When Carol lost 1 pound, she wasn’t happy because she was expecting to lose 2 pounds.
  • When Carol lost 2 pounds (like she was expecting), she wasn’t happy because she thought “I could have lost 3 if only…
  • When Carol didn’t lose any weight, she stopped exercising all together because she thought “What’s the point?”

2. It can influence your mood

Too many people let the number on the scale determine their mood (and behavior) for the rest of the day or week.

“In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale.” ~Stephen Phillips

3. Your weight fluctuates constantly

The number on the scale can change from hour to hour and day to day for reasons that have nothing to do with losing or gaining fat.

Your weight will be different before and after you eat, drink, go to the bathroom, exercise, etc.

4. The scale doesn’t tell the whole story.

A scale can’t tell you if you’ve:

  • lowered your blood pressure or cholesterol.
  • lost inches and changed the shape of your body.
  • improved your strength and flexibility, etc.

5. It becomes a game.

Too many people make temporary and drastic changes just to see the number on scale go down. Temporary changes will only give you temporary results.

The only way to achieve permanent weight loss is to make small, gradual, and permanent changes to your lifestyle.

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Stephanie Averkamp

About the Author was created by Stephanie Averkamp, a recognized health and fitness professional and sole-author of the content on this website. Stephanie's approach to weight loss emphasizes making small, realistic, and permanent lifestyle changes. Read more...

Stephanie Averkamp

Our Approach: Short-term solutions (like dieting) are unrealistic and ineffective because at some point they end. As soon as a diet or program ends, so do the results. Permanent weight loss is a journey; it's not a race or competition and there is no finish line. Read more...