Have you ever heard the phrase, your worth is not in your weight?? Do you get obsessed with what the scales say? Are you a daily weigher, or worse still an hourly one? If you’ve had a bad week do you skip them altogether? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then grab a coffee and read on….
Years ago I thought that weighing myself daily meant I could stay on track, or if I’d had a really bad week I was tempted not to get on them at all!!
Most fitness instructors, doctors and slimming experts will recommend that people weigh themselves once a week, at the same time every week. Why? Firstly weighing yourself every day can have a very negative impact on you. If you’ve had a good day and you have lost say a lb since yesterday, you might think, oh right, excellent I can have that cake now. Or if you’ve gained you might either go in to diet mode and become too strict, or think, well what’s the point and have a total blow out!!
A lot of people are scared of scales, it maybe because of bad relationships with them in the past. I read some great advise from a famous personal trainer, she said to try not to think of the scales as anything other than a compass — something we use when losing weight to keep us going in the right direction. It tells us what’s going on with our bodies so we can effectively modify our actions to ensure continued weight loss. It’s just a tool — no more and no less.
Here’s the science. Your weight varies throughout the day. Not only does your weight change every day, it also changes at different times through a single day, so there is no point to weighing yourself every day — and definitely not multiple times a day. So not after every wee lol ;-). This is because of body fluid fluctuations – you might be retaining water, or you may not have gone to the bathroom yet, or you might of just eaten a big meal. All of these things affect your weight.
At Slimming World we get weighed once a week, ideally on the same day and time. Weighing yourself just once a week will give you a more accurate reading — you’ll allow time for the scale to actually show weight loss. The number on the scale however does not define you. If you’ve fallen in to the trap of trying to hide from the scales, take a big deep breath and go for it, what’s the worst that can happen? Ok it might say a gain. Turn that in to a positive, come back and fight it. If you don’t weigh in you’re not going to actually know your true result the following week. You could have an amazing food optimising week and it might only show a maintain as you didn’t check in last week. That could leave you feeling even more deflated.
We’re all human, we all have good and not so good weeks. It doesn’t make us bad people. The other important reason to face the scales weekly is that no one will ever ever judge you. At Slimming World we pride ourselves on a non judgemental approach, meaning zero humiliation. All you’d get is warmth, support and inspiration, so you leave feeling positive for the week ahead. We can give you tools, we can build you up again and we can empower you to go out and get a loss. You are never ever in your own.
Have you heard of non scale victories? Ok so you didn’t see the number you wanted. However did you lose inches? Did you change a groove you’ve had for years? Did you resist that cake at work? Did you say no thank you to a high syn take away? Did you do some body magic this week? Great, feel proud of that. Did you come to group, weigh and stay, even though you knew it wasn’t going to be a fab loss? Amazing, really well done!!!!!
Life is life, we can’t ignore it, we can’t press rewind or fast forward, we’ve only got the here and now. We can’t change what’s gone, but we can face it and leave it behind, allowing ourselves to move forward. If we never acknowledge difficult weeks we aren’t going to learn? Do you know what a set back is designed for?? A flipping amazing come back!!!! Failure isn’t falling down, it’s staying down.
Have an amazing day all xx