I feel as though lately, scales have gotten a bad rap. “Stay off the scales!” “Don’t weigh yourself!” “Muscles weighs more than fat!” (Not exactly true, or at least that is an incomplete sentence. Because guess what? A pound of fat weighs exactly the same as a pound of muscle. However, a pound of muscle takes up less space. Or, for an equivalent VOLUME of fat and muscle, the muscle will weigh more. Two different ways to say that muscle tissue is denser than adipose – fat – tissue. But I digress.) My Instagram video series (and my videos on Facebook) this week are on the topic of weighing DAILY (gasp!).
I’ve had several clients say to me lately, “I know I *shouldn’t*, but I weigh myself every day.” It seems like they are almost expect me to chastise them and agree that they shouldn’t. But you should know that I’m not a fan of “shoulds.” Instead, I ask where that “should” comes from. Is it coming from a place of self-knowledge and self-awareness that seeing the number on the scales is just BAD NEWS for how it will impact their day? Or is it just another generic “SHOULD” perpetuated by the fitness industry that doesn’t take into account the fact that we are all unique individuals (like butterflies or snowflakes), and certain strategies that are ill-advised for some work beautifully for others? (Like the keto diet – don’t get me started. It’s a not a magic bullet for fat loss for all and can be a downright dangerous dietary move for some, while it is one of the best paths to vibrant healthy and vitality for others).
So let me state my case for weighing daily. But first, let’s remember that your WORTH, your WORTHINESS, and your VALUE as a human being are completely independent of ANY number – your weight, your % body fat, your bank account balance, your number of followers on social media…you are a completely incredible, valuable, worthy human being just as you are. But, if Amazing You is going to weigh in, weigh daily. Here’s why: