How To Fall In Love With Your Weighing Scales
One of the core philosophies of The Confident Body Breakthrough is based on tracking for progress.
I.e. the more data you have the better:
- How many calories you consume
- How many minutes of cardio you've completed over a week
- Daily weigh-ins
Now I know from experience that number three - the idea of constantly checking weight will spark up in a lot of you.
You see, due to cultural leanings to avoid knowing your weight (especially within the female community) you tend to avoid weighing in for fear of not progressing with goals.
And this is because weight is a societal reflection of a woman's worth, i.e you're not considered valuable if you're overweight or even if you're a few pounds heavier than you want to be.
The image of an attractive woman is desired by both men and women because women want to be the woman and men want to be with the woman.
Whether you agree with this or not, it is what it is. And so women seek for physical attraction and to be sexy for their partner.
Whilst this goes way outside the scope of this email, it still means that a lot of you fear staring down at some numbers on a scale.
And whilst I would never want someone to define themselves by a number on the scales - it can still correlates with how healthy you are.
So whilst scale weight isn't everything, it's still important.
Which leads me to the point of the post - I am of the opinion that weekly weigh ins are fairly useless.
And this is a major part of mainstream slimming club methodology - weighing in once per week in front of the class, putting you on the spot, and shaming you to regret if you fail to drop 1lb.
Without going into the geeky mechanisms of why weekly weigh-ins are useless, just know that there are too many variables with your diet, stress levels, time of the month, and social and cultural events that will skew a weigh in.
Take this real life example of one of my clients. I'll call her Sue and will use rough enough figures to represent her actual progress.
Sue during week 1 and week 2 weighed in KG: Mon - 94.3. / 93.0 Tue - 93.7 / 93.1
Wed - 94.0 / 93.0
Thurs - 93.3 / 93.3
Fri - 93.2 / 93.3
Sat - 93.2 / 93.7
Sun - 93.4 / 93.3
Avg - 93.5 / 93.2
Now in the example above her weekly average shows she has dropped 0.3 kg or just over 0.5 lb from week 1 to week 2.
But if we were to say she only weighed in once per week and her weigh-in was on a Friday, it would look like she had GAINED 0.1 kg in week 2!
Not only is this inaccurate and incorrect, it would probably knock a dieters confidence right back and stop forward momentum, even leading to her giving up and going ona massive binge eating cycle.
So we want to avoid 1x per week weigh-ins. End of.
Now this leaves us to either weigh in daily and take an average or not weigh in at all, and just use other metrics, like photos or body circumference measurements. Which is what we advise to our ladies.
If I had to choose an option for a weight loss phase, I'd go with daily weigh ins every time.
That way (and this is how we stop our ladies from the dreaded weight loss plateau) we can take an average for the week in case of any crazy peaks in weight which are always bound to happen, and as shown in the example above.
This protects you against 'freak' days when you're going to be slightly above your normal weight because you ate a few extra carbs or felt stressed and thus retained some water.
Not only that. You're less likely to run into any shocks along the way.
Even if your weight goes up - you know that there are still another 6 other days of weigh ins for things to change.
So use weigh-ins the correct way - a cost effective and quick way to measure progress. And never again fall victim to a misinformed weigh-in reading!