Christina Aguilera has been attacked for being too skinny and too fat, and she no longer cares what people think. In fact, she’s tossed out her scale and learned how to love her body no matter what size she is. She no longer obsesses about her weight or compares her self-worth with the numbers on the scale.
And she’s not alone. Many celebrities have stopped using the scale, including Portia De Rossi, Valerie Bertinelli, Queen Latifah, Martine McCutcheon, Ricki Lake, Kyra Sedgwick, Jessica Alba, Maria Menounos and Jennifer Love Hewitt. They feel liberated and are looking better than ever.
But giving up the scale isn’t easy. Jennie gets on the scale several times a day to see if it has budged, and she feels euphoric if it has gone down and depressed if it hasn’t, creating a rollercoaster of emotions and emotional eating. And every time she gets on the scale she holds her breath, not knowing which way it will go. She hates this, but she can’t stop herself.
Sadly, no matter how much she works out or diets, she doesn’t control the outcome on an hourly basis or even on a daily basis, the way she thinks she does. So the scale runs her life, her decisions about food and exercise, and how she feels about herself. Most of the time she feels fat and frustrated, and that isn’t helping her lose weight. She has finally agreed it is time to get rid of her scale, and already she is happier and noticing that her jeans are looser.
5 Reasons to Stop Weighing Yourself
You can’t rely on the scale
You can weigh yourself three times a day, and each time it can be different. Our bodies are more than 70% water, and our weight shifts constantly throughout the day as we: get hydrated and dehydrated, become more or less active, and go through the phases of digesting our food. So you have a 50/50 chance of stepping on the scale and having it go down or up, and you never know which way it will go.
You won’t make good decisions
If you weigh less when you step on the scale, you will likely reward yourself by doing less exercise or eating more food. And if you weigh more, you are just as likely to turn to food or stop exercising as much out of disgust and frustration. Or you may overdo your exercising and cut way back on food, neither of which helps you maintain weight loss. When the scale rules your behavior, your choices will tend to be erratic and unhealthy.