4 Reasons to Throw Your Scale Out the Window

I read a lot of weight loss and fitness blogs. One thing that bothers me a lot is when I read posts from people just like you and me who are disappointed because of a scale reading.

They’ve ate well, exercised and are excited (as well they should be) about sticking with these new behaviors. They step on the scale looking for a little bit of validation…and get their hopes and dreams squashed.

No loss, according to the scale. Or even worse, a .5 pound gain.

Crushed, they beat themselves up thinking they should have done better. They start telling themselves that diets and exercising doesn’t work. Sometimes, the disappointment is enough that they quite trying and revert back to their old ways.

Don’t let this be you!

The scale is a notorious liar, and ideally should only be used twice a MONTH, and certainly not more than once a week.

Here’s 4 reasons you should toss that thing right out the window:

1. Do really care how much you weigh…or how you look and feel?

2. All that number on the scale does is measure the effect of gravity on your body.

3. The scale can’t take into account whether you’re losing fat or adding muscle (good) or if you’re losing muscle and adding fat (bad!)

4. For a whole bunch of reasons, your scale weight can flucuate as much as 5 pounds in the course of a single day!

While there’s no harm in weighing your self once or twice a month, PLEASE do not use the scale as a true indicator of how you’re doing.

How do your clothes fit? How do you look in the mirror? How do you feel?  What does the tape measure show if you measure yourself? These are all better ways to measure your success on the journey to fit and thin.

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11 Responses to “4 Reasons to Throw Your Scale Out the Window”

  1. southernfriedfatty Says:

    Great minds must think alike. My post today is kind of about the same subject.

  2. Deb Says:

    I love this topic!! I weigh myself daily and I’ve tried to weigh myself less often but I often find that I can get even more upset than weighing daily. If I only weigh myself 1x a week I can’t see the ‘trends’. For example, what happens if the 1 day a week weigh-in is a day I happen to be retaining a lot of water or whatever. In my mind I think its a true weight gain and not a temporary fluctuation whereas if I had been weighing daily I would’ve realized that the gain was fluctuation due to water (its not possible to gain a lb of fat in a day lol). I do have to remind myself not to get upset by the fluctuations but if I only weigh 1x per week and see a gain – pure depression! That said, I know a lot of people who get very depressed and discourage by the daily fluctuations so it is best to stay away. I think it takes a while to figure out what works best for you.

  3. Toughen Up Princess Says:

    Yet another great post. I’ll still be weighing in every day though 😛 I’m in full agreeance with Deb’s reply.

    A daily fluctuation of a kilogram has more to do with the food your body is processing (for want of a better description) and water retention IMHO. Surely you can’t lose or gain a kilogram of fat a day? LOL

  4. tippin Says:

    I’ll get up on the scales every fortnight, it has to do with the course I’m following. We’re not on a diet yet, we’re more training for a 6 eating moments a day cycle. This is to keep you away from the fridge and over-eating.

  5. loseweightwithme Says:

    I agree, it is essential to find what works for you as an individual and go with it.

    Thank you all for stopping by and participating.

    🙂

    Brian

  6. k8johnson Says:

    Oooh! I totally disagree with Deb and TUP! Last year, I was the healthiest I’ve ever been. I ran a 1/2 marathon and my clothes were fitting like a dream… However, I replaced all that lard that I’d been carrying around with muscle mass so getting on the scale just made me depressed. I know in my brain that it was muscle that was weighing in on the scale, but it still made me feel bad to see so little “progress” in the numbers. I stay away from the scale now…

    Deb and TUP are totally right, though, that everyone has their coping strategies when it comes to weightloss and fitness. Theirs is to closely monitor with a scale, mine isn’t. It’s great that so many different things work for so many people.

  7. Bama Says:

    I agree with you for the most part. I still weigh myself multiple times a day, though. I know the numbers fluctate. I still gotta know!

  8. thedietpulpit Says:

    This is so true!!!! I am guilty of it myself – but I am getting much better about focusing on the long term goals and being healthy – NOT a number on the scale. great post 🙂 Lady Rose

  9. A better way to use the scale? at Weight Loss Is Hard! Says:

    […] 4 Reasons to Throw Your Scale Out the Window « Lose Weight With Me: One thing that bothers me a lot is when I read posts from people just like you and me who are disappointed because of a scale reading. […]

  10. Nicki Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I have been exercising and dieting now for seven weeks and have gained between 3-5 pounds depending on the day and time. I was upset this morning because yet again, my weight is up. The good news is the tape measure says I’ve lost at least 9 inches total and my clothes do feel differently in my upper body. I will not weigh myself more than twice a month now.

    Thank you.

  11. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hi, Nicki — I’m glad you found it helpful. There’s no sense in beating yourself up for what the scale says.

    Thanks for stopping by,

    Brian

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