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scales & body weight
I saw a post the other day and it discussed scales and how the individual had thrown them away so that they couldn’t become obsessed with them anymore – that negative relationship that can develop when everything is about weight, and is common in todays society. A Number of people then chipped in about it – saying how good it was etc.
I think its THE most common thing that Ive heard over the past 20years of working in this industry – and not just from females, but both genders.
Are the scales as bad as they are made out???
are they to blame?
OR is it a classic lack of understanding, peoples individual issues or other factors??
Many of the lower entry point weight management programs use scales as their means of feedback….
Its cheap, easy to repeat, and doesn’t take a lot of skill by the person. Plus it’s been beaten into our heads that how you look and feel are directly linked to what you weight.
And this is where the problem lies……
Weighing yourself is NOT a bad thing…..
Your weight is a reflection of your lifestyle decisions/choices…..
It can hold you accountable – its not a person thing – your weight is your weight…
yes the excuses can come out to WHY you weigh what you weight, but the fact remains thats what it is.
I use to be someone who stated ‘it doesn’t matter what you weigh, its all about body composition’…..
WHAT A DICK I was then!
the reality is Weight can be a positive or negative means of feedback
IT all depends on YOU, YOUR GOAL, and YOUR CURRENT STATE…..
so EXAMPLE time…..
Roll back to the beginning of this year…..Jan 2018
I know that I was tipping in at about 110+kg on the scales…..
whilst what I weighed has never really bothered me – this year my misses and I had set a goal.
Part of that goal was to run the spartan beast OCR (half marathon-ish distance Obstacle Course Race)
and whilst Ive never been someone bothered with aesthetics
carrying that much weight around on a OCR is hard work ….
the obstacles themselves
SO I decided to sort my shit out and train for the events…
and I’ve used 3 things to monitor my progress….
- my weight
- relative strength levels in the gym
- running performance (distance/speed)
If we just focus on weight for today –
I use it as its a quick and simple means of feedback
I can repeat it with as much consistency as i can
as and when I up my training I may start to calorie count, and using my weight I can calculate total calories and macro ratios more accurately.
PLUS it helps me stay focused – its hold be accountable. ITs no ones fault but my own if the scales don’t move…or go in teh wrong direction!
Its simple – regardless of my weight i’ve got to get around this OCR, and the lighter I am (to a certain extent) the easier it will be…and ive tried running at 110kg…its not fun!
So weighing myself IS an excellent and appropriate means of feedback…..
And the other benefit to being lighter – i’m stronger, leaner and my CV fitness is increasing too!!!
I fit into my clothes – which is handy
i don’t feel as much of a oaf – cant say i loved be a porker
shit load more energy and focus
and I’m loving the numbers going up on the lifts
SO whilst the scales have been DEMONISED and ABUSED by mass weight loss programs and society, the FACT is that there IS a place for weighing yourself, tracking progress, being held accountable with factual data and taking emotion out of the equation.
The key with all thing is the means of TRACKING progress has to be relevant to the outcome GOAL.
If you want to be ripped, then weight may NOT be the best means of tracking performance, BUT it then could also be a excellent means of tracking The specifics are individual to each person, and relying solely on one means of feedback may not benefit the individual.
If you want some help working out what it is you want and how to get there…..
Hit the TRAIL button…..top RH corner