What the scale doesn't tell you!
You know the feeling all too well, don't you? All the end of the year functions, festivities and a general relaxed holiday feeling might lead you to eat more processed foods, more sweets and less whole and fresh foods. Sooner or later you might start feeling a bit sluggish and you have a nagging voice in your head telling you that you are in a downward spiral. Then you do the unthinkable - you get on the scale!
Mercy me! You were right! You picked up a kilo or two (or three)!!! Your mood comes crashing down, your relaxed holiday feeling goes up in flames and you tell yourself you are a big old failure! The number on the scale has effectively and in an instant turned you into a miserable old hag.
Now before you go throw yourself into oncoming traffic, let's just take a nice deep breath because what you are seeing on the scale is really just a number. And yes, I can hear you saying, "that is so cliché" and you would prefer to hold onto your misery, but there are a couple of things you have to consider before you see that number as an accurate reflection of what is really going on. These are the questions you should be asking:
- How do your clothes fit? Are they any tighter? And by how much? Bloating can cause your waist to expand considerably. So check in again in after a few days of eating normally.
- What is your digestion like? When we eat foods we don't normally eat it can lead to water retention and bad digestion. It might also slow down your bowel movements significantly, which will also impact your weight.
- Where are you in your monthly cycle? Some women gain weight during their period while others gain mostly during ovulation. Hormones can wreak havoc with your weight.
- Have you gained muscle lately? If you have been working hard in gym you might have gained some muscle. A scale cannot measure changes in your body composition. You might see a false weight gain with increased lean muscle mass. If this is the case your clothes will also most definitely not fit tighter even though you think you picked up weight.
If this is not enough reason to smash that damn scale with a 10 pound hammer, let me also state very clearly that the scale cannot measure the following:
- Your improved mental health. If you have been exercising and taking care of yourself are you not feeling happier?
- Your strength and endurance. Regardless of what number the scale shows you on any given day, your body has built strength and endurance from your physical workouts. The scale cannot measure muscle tone or how high you feel after your workout.
- Your energy levels. Energy is extremely important for a happy and healthy life, yet the scale has no way of measuring how you feel from day to day. How you feel when you wake up in the morning can be a much better indicator of your health.
- How hard you’ve worked. If you have been exercising regularly and trying to eat sensible you are on the right track. Exercise and eating lots of fresh and whole foods more often are phenomenal for your health and will increase your longevity, no matter what the scale says.
- Your overall health. New research is showing that the medical fraternity is actually reconsidering the dangers of being overweight. Weight is simply not the only indicator of what is going on with your health.
- Your self-worth. The number on the scale can’t tell you your values as a person and what makes you unique. It can’t measure how good you are at your job. It can’t measure how loving you are as a parent or a partner. It certainly can’t tell you whether you are kind, smart or funny.
You have the power to choose happiness and you deserve love and care not only from others, but first and foremost from yourself. No piece of battery-operated steel or plastic appliance should ever define the awesomeness of you!