The Scale: To Use or Not to Use?

Find out if using a scale is the right move for you.

By Susan Howard

Riddle:  What tells you things you don’t want to hear without speaking a word?

Answer: The scale.

Okay, I just made that one up.

Some of my clients that have had a large weight loss and in the wake of this massive success have taken to weighing themselves on a daily or at least weekly basis.  For this category of person, I say good on ya.  It keeps you honest and keeps the pounds from secretly creeping back on.  You are fighting the 50 plus pounds you lost last year.

For the rest of us, let’s decide what is the best fit.

Answer these questions:

How do you feel after getting off the scale?:

Freaked out?

Hopeless?

Inspired?

Depressed?

Motivated?

For some of you the scale can mean many things.  It could be used as a reward or a punishment.  If it sends you into a fit of over or under eating then it’s not for you.  If, on the other hand, it keeps you in check and focused on your goals then by all means hit that scale.

Most of us don’t need to weigh ourselves more than once a week.  Remember fluctuations of weight are normal within a pound or two give or take depending on fluid levels and if you have pooped that day.  So give yourself a break.  Pay attention to 5 pound plus fluctuations.

Bottom line: Some people get scale crazy weighing themselves multiple times and that can only lead to self loathing.  So love yourself and weigh yourself, sometimes.

Stay Ready.

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