Should You Break Up with Your Scale?

Should You Break Up with Your Scale?

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There are two types of people in the world, those who keep the weighing scales tucked away behind the toilet or under the bed, and others who weigh themselves every morning before brushing their teeth.

Daily fluctuations in weight are inevitable. Whether you are feeling bloated from your meal last night, you haven’t drunk enough water, or it is just ‘that time of the month’, all these factors can cause a temporary increase in your weight on the scale. For some people this means discouragement and failure – and suddenly they forget about how much better they feel, how much more energy they have, how far they’ve come, and how stronger they are after following a healthy diet and lifestyle.

What we often forget is that your weight is a number that doesn’t tell us anything about body composition. If you are working out and lifting weights, you are probably losing fat and gaining muscle simultaneously. Now if you only depend on the scale to measure your progress there will be absolutely no change to be seen, which is pretty depressing. Get an In-Body assessment and suddenly you will see how far you’ve come in terms of overall health and body composition. Gaining weight and losing inches at the same time is a common phenomenon for gym goers. I don’t know about you, but I would rather fit into a smaller size jeans than lose three kilos on the scale.

The number one reason why the weighing scale can be an unhealthy habit is psychological.  It’s psychologically unhealthy to allow a number – any number – to determine your worth, your value or your self-image. In so many people, the number on the scales will determine whether they have a good or bad day, or whether their self worth will be decreased. A number on a piece of plastic can shift you from confident to self-loathing in under five seconds, but what the scale is telling you is not real. Focus on how you feel, not how a number makes you feel.

Donia Hilal is a certified nutritionist with a degree in Nutrition from King’s College London. Her work focuses on women’s health in the Middle East, wellness, weight loss, and optimal pre- and post-natal nutrition. Passionate about real food and evidence based nutrition advice, Donia welcomes and enjoys guiding clients throughout every stage of their journey towards a healthier, happier life.

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