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Top 3 Reasons To Bust Your Scale in the Chops

Wait, what? Yeah, that’s right. Punch your scale right in the chops. In short, put your scale away– like, in the “darkest corner of the attic until you hit your 30, 60 and 90 day marks” away.

Just in case you think I’m talking the “crazy talk”, let me explain: Scales are great in the sense they’ll give you a baseline weight to start from, but far too many of the best intentions fail based on the perception of that little 1.5′ x 1.5′ platform. Again, don’t get me wrong– the scale can be a great tool… but it’s definitely not your friend and it’s certainly not in the game for your encouragement.

Here’s my three cheap and easy reasons why:

1) Your weight’s going to fluctuate by pounds. I could get on the scale first thing in the morning and weigh myself two hours later only to find a two pound gain. I didn’t just get fatter and neither did you. Weight fluctuates throughout the day– what you just ate, what you’re wearing, how much water you’re retaining, what’s in your bladder–the list goes on and on– and none of these factors are truly reflective of where you’re actually at in body fat, fitness level or transformation.

2) The scale is a mental bully. Insanely, if your expectations don’t line up with what the scale reads, all of a sudden YOU’RE the failure. Never mind Junior may have been using the scale as a trampoline throughout the week or you actually gained muscle. The scale reads what it reads and we tend to magically believe that’s become the definition of our success or failure. We quickly forget we upped our endurance this week, pulled out a couple more push ups or cinched up an extra belt notch when we put our pants on.  Why? Most folks expect the numbers on the scale to go down and when they don’t, people think something in their diet or workout regimen is haywire. It’s not. The scale is just using its simple measurement of time and place to be a jerk.

3) Scales are big fat liars when it comes to gauging overall success in your transformation. I had a pretty good transformation, but I only dropped nine pounds over the course of 75 days. Fact is, your transformation is in the mirror, the clothes you fit into and the way you feel– not in numbers on a scale. Yes, scales are 90ish percent truthful in their measurement of WEIGHT, but you’re not out to lose WEIGHT. You’re out to lose FAT and get fit– and weight can be an ineffective measurement of your fat-burning success if you’re measuring up every day or even every week.

To keep from bonking into the wall of frustration, use these simple “success metric” alternatives instead:

  • Good: Clothes. Say wha? Yeah, this is the poor man’s scale. How are your pants feeling? Are clothes more loose? Need a belt? These are all signs you’re losing fat and trimming up.
  • Better: Measuring tape. Measure out your waist size, thighs, arms– even millimeters are an indicator of slow and steady success.
  • Best:  Fat calipers– a personal favorite. They’re a bit trickier, but if a scale is the weight loss bully, Fat Calipers are the weight loss body-guard of tough love that uses skin folds to measure what you’re trying to lose: subcutaneous fat. Since I was trying to lose fat and get ripped, I’d measure every week or two to monitor my progress. If you’re sticking with your diet and fitness program, prepare to be invigorated with every measurement. They do come with instructions and some body areas may be slower to respond than others, but adding all your skin fold measurements will yield to drops every week. WARNING: Don’t get caught up calculating your overall body fat %. Focus simply on the measurements and making them drop.

So maybe I’m a little tough on scales– but that’s only because I’ve seen them frustrate far too many people. Stick with your program, eat right and your guaranteed results will be in the “before” and “after” pictures, not in the digital readout. 

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  1. Tracee G. says:

    I’m so glad I found this program. I’m extremely proud of myself and extremely grateful to it. I’ve inspired (not by talk but by action and lifestyle) people around me to quit being so damned disrespectful to their bodies.

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