I want you to go into you kitchen or bathroom, pick up that scale that's been holding you hostage and kick it to the curb.
We all have an idea of a perfect number that we consider to be our ideal weight, but I want you to think about a few things before you stress yourself out about being at your perfect number.
Let’s talk science for a second, body composition affects weight drastically. Anyone who’s been looking to lose weight has, at some point or another, heard the phrase “muscle weighs more than fat” and it’s true. If you are doing any type of resistance training, even if it is just with your own body weight, you will be gaining some muscle and as you are tightening and toning you are simultaneously gaining weight. The big concept here is that weight does not equal fat. I feel the real goal for most of us is to transfer excess fat to lean muscle, right? So in that scenario the scale will not give you any factual data about how close or far away you are from your goal. Another fact to consider is that the human body on average is about 60% water. This being the case, water retention can fluctuate our weight between 5 to 10 pounds a day! Stepping on the scale in the evening to see you are 6 pounds heavier does not mean you gained six pounds of fat
We live in a society that places immense value on physical appearance, one major aspect of that concept being body weight. For most of us, our perfect number is our weight back in high school or the weight of a celebrity or model that you admire and we use that number to determine how we feel about ourselves on any given day. This creates a never ending game we play with ourselves often checking multiple times a day to see if we are at our perfect number. Every time we step on that scale we open a door to judge, punish or praise ourselves based on the number reflected on the scale. When we do that we are placing our self-worth in hands of a scale and letting it affect how we feel about ourselves which is not a healthy way to live. Let me say it point blank, your value does not come from a number on a scale. Your value comes from the internal unique qualities that make you special. Your body is just the vessel for the marvelous person that is you.