Want to Be fit? Stop Obsessing Over the Scale

The Scale Is Missing the Big Picture

Obsessing over the scale when you’re trying to be become fit, is like obsessing over a grill fire when there is a forest fire coming towards your house.

It’s just not where you want your main focus to be if you want to be successful. Yes, if your grill was on fire, you would want to put it out, but not at the expense of saving your house.

The scale is the same way. Yes, in the long run you want weight loss, but you don’t want short-term, short-sighted “wins” sacrificing your long-term (more important) results.

Meaning, when people want to get fit, they put soooo much of their focus on the scale that the habits that are going to get them to where they want to be, take a back seat.

Or COMPLETELY skew their view of the process and how it actually works.

The Scale is Just a Measure of Progress (and usually a poor one at that.)

When you’re trying to become fit, you want to be creating a metabolically efficient body that’s going to WORK FOR YOU over the long-term. Making this whole fat loss and fat maintenance thing (once you get to where you want to be) sooo much easier.

This is why focusing on the scale is so short-sighted. It doesn’t tell you the difference between water, muscle or fat.

And if you’re thinking “Well, I don’t care about that I just want weight loss.” Well, this is why you will ALWAYS have a hard time being successful. Because you’re ignoring the piece of the puzzle that will actually make you more efficient and make success waay easier in the future.

It’s called muscle.

Not only does muscle burn more calories than fat, it also changes the hormonal profile in your body to be better able to use fat for fuel.

THIS is why you only want to be using the scale as a very LIGHT form of feedback. Only every so often. Because if you’re strength training (which you should be if you want to be as efficient as possible) you will be gaining weight in muscle.

And if your food is where it needs to be, the fat should be going down also. But, guess what! The scale won’t tell you this. Because if you gained muscle, but lost the same amount of fat in pounds, the scale will tell you that you haven’t changed.

And this right here causes a lot of women to give up.

This is why getting married to your habits (not the scale!) and using other forms of progress tracking like measurements or how your clothes fit (and the scale once in a while) are much better. Because not only will these paint a more accurate picture of what’s actually happening to your body, it won’t screw with your mind in the process.

The mind f*ck the scale gives most women is enough of a reason to stay away from it as far as I’m concerned.

If you are the type of woman who has been weighing yourself every day of her life and your mood is tied to what that scale says, you shouldn’t be using it as a form of progress tracking.

So, there you have it.

Your focus should be on your habits:

  • Strength training

  • Improving your relationship with food

  • Increasing your knowledge about what foods and in what combinations work best for YOUR body

  • Managing your stress

  • Etc.

All of these habits are creating a more efficient body and life for long-term success.

Save your house. Forget the grill.

Be Fit AND Happy!

~Ashley

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