Do you weigh yourself at home?
STOP WEIGHING YOURSELF!
A lot of people don’t like this one. Everyone wants to know how much they weigh. In fact, the majority of my clients come to me with a weight loss goal. How many times this week have you jumped on the scales? …and then how bad did you feel if the scales had gone up?
This is an unhealthy relationship with weight. If your weight goes up, you feel bad, if your weight goes down you feel good, and its an unfair measurement of your progress. There are so many factors that influence weight, and it fluctuates daily! What if you’ve lost water weight? What if you’ve dropped lean muscle tone from a faddy Juice Plus diet someone’s told you to do? (I can see a separate blog topic appearing there!) My point is this: weight is misleading.
As a trainer I am even reducing the emphasis on body fat measurements. Just because someone tells you you’re 15% body fat, or 25% body fat, this hasn’t changed the way you look. The only thing you should be interested in is this:
IS THE METHOD I’M USING RELIABLE? CAN IT MEASURE CHANGE?
If the answer is yes – then great. Most of the time it’s no. Bio-impedence scales use electrical currents passed through the body to measure body fat percentages, but like weight, this is influenced by lots of things. Hydration, time of the day, time of the month, food you’ve eaten, etc.
The first thing I say is how we are going to measure progress.
The most reliable measurement of shape change is the clothes you wear. Pick a top. Pick a pair of bottoms. Jeans, a shirt you wear to work, whatever you like. Use this as your measurement instead of the scales. The second way, and sometimes one we do not feel comfortable with is the photo.
Take a photo of yourself, or ask your partner to do one for you. Don’t breathe in, and don’t tense. Relax, show off your current posture, find a background you can use for another photo in the future. Importantly, wear unflattering clothes. No one has to see this photo. It may not feel nice, but it will most likely be your best motivation if weight loss is your goal.
The reason why this method is one of the very best, is because when the time comes to take that 2nd photo, all the hard work you put in will be shown here. The camera doesn’t lie as they say. But the scales do. Create a positive relationship with weight, where you are healthier, happier and fitter.
One final thought: I don’t know how much I weigh at the time of writing this.
I FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT.