Celebrities know the secrets to looking great. Learn the 5 reasons so many are ditching the scale.
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.
Weight is mostly water
When you are feeling fat and your clothes aren’t fitting as well, you can’t tell if the issue is excess water weight or a real change in your level of body fat. Yet to gain a pound of fat, which is the weight you control and that really matters, you have to eat 3500 more calories than you burn. That is nearly impossible to do in a day, and for most people would take several days or a week of overeating to achieve. When your weight goes up or down a few pounds throughout the week, it is really a change in your water weight.
Your worth is not based on your weight
When you focus on the scale, you reinforce the belief that your weight is all that matters. You become obsessed about reaching a specific number, as if other people knew what that number was and if you had reached it. When in fact, no one knows what you weigh, and your real friends only care if your weight is a health problem. You are not your weight. You are so much more than that, just as Oprah is more than her weight. She is loved for who she is, just as those celebrities who have tossed out their scales have learned.
When you focus on weight, you will go to extremes
When your weight is your primary focus, you will be willing to do extreme diets, fasting, promising teas and drugs, or to sign up for a boot camp or some other extreme fitness program. Yet extreme programs and products seldom delivery on their promise, or they are too challenging to maintain. When you finally give up on them, you will probably revert back to unhealthy habits and regain even more weight than you lost. It is better to make small changes you can live with and focus on what feels good, rather than trying to be good and lose a lot of weight all at once.
Do as the celebrities are doing. Get rid of your scale and stop the rollercoaster of never being good enough. You don’t need a scale to tell you when you don’t feel at your best.
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