Ditch the scales, now!

Aiming for a number on the scales. Originally I was going to write about this on a social post but after some deliberation I decided to write a blog post about it, as it is something I feel very passionate about.

I often hear people saying they’ll be ‘happy when they reach X number on the scale‘ or ‘I just want to loose a few more kgs/lbs‘ and you know what, it boils my blood.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think there is a time and a place for numbers on the scale. Well, 2 in fact.

  • When someone is obese / over-weight.
  • When someone is under-weight.

I think in both situations above, scales can be used to track a person’s progress back to a healthy weight.

The Flip Side

However, if someone is a healthy weight, I think chasing a number on the scales is a load of absolute crap. Here are my reasons:

Muscle is more dense than fat. If you’re training / working out more you are probably going to be building muscle, which means your weight to volume will increase (density). I’ll explain. Firstly, muscle does not weight more than fat. A pound of muscle will weight the same as a pound of fat, the different is the amount of space they take up. A pound of fat is bulky, fluffy, and about the size of a small grapefruit. A pound of muscle is hard, dense, and about the size of a tangerine₁. So as you build muscle you’re likely to tone up at the same time your body weight increases, a great reason to ignore the number on the scales.

Reaching a number isn’t going to make you happy. This is crucial. If you think you’ll be happy by getting to a certain weight, then, I’m (not) sorry, but you’re wrong. Happiness isn’t achieved from an external motivation but an internal motivation (more on this in another blog post). Let’s say you think you’ll be happy when you’re 5kg lighter, but you can always be 5 kg lighter… don’t worry about the scale, more about how you feel.

Here’s a secret : I feel the healthiest and the happiest I’ve been in the last 10 years and you know what, I ain’t got a fucking scooby how much I weigh. I’ve been lucky enough to realise that balance is the key. I’ve feel the best I’ve ever felt so good bye scales, you’re not dictating how I feel.

What are your thoughts? Are you trying to achieve a certain weight but don’t know why? Drop me a message if you want someone to talk about it with.

Love Emma x

REFERENCES:

  1. Healthline, 2020, How do Muscle and Fat Affect Weight, https://www.healthline.com/health/does-muscle-weigh-more-than-fat

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