Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by the number on the scale.
Probably most of us. That’s the crazy thing. We let ourselves feel good or bad based off of what number comes up on that scale. And while it’s important to make sure you are healthy, and to keep your body in shape, the number on the scale isn’t necessarily a good reflection of you health. And here’s why the number on the scale is truly just that—a number.
It’s Sunday morning. We’ve had a great week; our nutrition has been on point, we’ve managed to squeeze in some intense workouts, and we’re ready to see the scale illustrate our hard work.You feel great. You feel a little slimmer. You are thinking, “Man, I probably lost like three pounds. I just know it.” Until….
Wait, what? Up a pound? Are you kidding me!?
I get it. It’s frustrating. It’s easy to just want to cry, and give up on all the hard work you’ve been putting in, because clearly the results aren’t there. But, the number on the scale doesn’t mean nearly as much as you think. There are endless factors that affect your weight that are out of your control and it’s time to recognize that!
Muscle vs. Fat
I’m sure you’ve heard this before: “Muscle weighs more than fat!” That’s false. A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat… hint: they both weigh a pound BUT, a the key thing to remember is that a pound of muscle looks very different than a pound of fat. Muscle takes up much less space than fat, so don’t worry if the scale doesn’t budge (or even moves upward). It might just mean you’re gaining muscle!
You know how you weigh much less in the morning than at night? That’s because as human beings, our weight fluctuates. So many factors alter our weight throughout the day: water retention, the types of clothes we’re wearing, menstrual cycles, etc. Our weight can change on an hourly basis—don’t get too caught up on it. Instead, try weighing yourself once every few weeks.
It Doesn’t Tell Us What We Really Want to Know
So this part is kind of important. The scale doesn’t actually tell us what we want to know. For example, let’s say you’re trying to lose weight. I think it’s safe to assume you want most of your weight loss to come from excess body fat, rather than muscle. The scale cannot tell us body fat percentage and that’s the information that really counts in terms of weight loss!
Bottom line, don’t be so hard on yourself. Praise yourself when you notice positive changes when you look in the mirror, even if the scale doesn’t reflect it. Work hard, and don’t give up just because the scale shows a number you don’t like. It is just a number, and that number doesnt’ encompass your self worth. You are so much more than whatever comes up, so believe that, and don’t let it control your life. Need some more convincing? Check out an article about this girl’s Instagram and why the number on the scale matters way less than you think!
By: Alanna Sadler