I think that we have all gone through periods of time where we become scale watches. Is it a healthy thing or an unhealthy practice. Two weight loss experts have given their pros and cons on the subject matter.
Dr Libby Weaver is a holistic nutrition specialist and author of accidentally overweight. She explained that she never weighs her clients as most people aren’t the weight they would like to be and starting the day feeling like a failure is not empowering.
She then goes on to say that many people will weigh themselves every morning and then again at night and find that they can be almost three kilograms heavier and then polish off some junk food due to the feeling of failure. She explains that this is fluid retention which can be from anything from hormones to a sluggish lymphatic system.
Dr Weaver explains that it’s more important for people to focus on their health not their personal weight as this produces a positive mind set. This helps a person set a positive mind set and takes the pressure off them to achieve a particular number.
Dr Amanda Sainsbury-Salis is a Garvan institute weight-loss scientist and the author of The don’t go hungry diet and don’t go hungry for life (random house).
Dr Sainsbury-Salis explains that US registry found more than 5000 people who lost more than 13 kilograms kept it off for over a year. Most weigh themselves regularly.
The key is to identify what works for you and when weighing works or when you are becoming controlled by the numbers. One idea is not having a scale at home but weighing yourself at the gym once a week.
The reason why this is motivating she explains is because research has found that getting good results in the beginning is motivating for most people. Also having a starting number can be really motivating for individuals as they can look back and say I was 100 kilograms and now I’m not.
I believe that both are right! In my experience as a trainer I have always measured weight loss clients but only once a fortnight. This helps people stay on track and can monitor what they have achieved. I do then understand and also coach people through disappointing results as this can be de motivating. So use what works for you, if you are motivated by the scales and hungry for results then use them but try to limit to once a week and if you struggle with them then focus on your health and well being and use your clothes as an indicator.