Signs It’s Time to Step Off the Scale

Some days it makes you giddy with delight. Other days it puts you into a depression. The culprit? Your bathroom scale.

The scale can be an adversary or an ally, depending on the day. We often hate what it says or argue with it, but we still feel the desire to use it. When used properly and taken for what it is, it can actually be a useful tool for weight management. But for many, the scale does more than measure your total weight. It somehow defines who you are as a person. And sadly, it can determine your own self-worth.

Signs That You Might Put Too Much Weight on Weighing In:

  • You constantly worry about weighing in. When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s normal to experience some hesitation when it’s time for your weekly weigh in. After all, you want to see the numbers go down as confirmation that all of your hard work has paid off. We all want to be rewarded for our effort s, and it can be discouraging when you have done everything right and things still don’t pan out. However, if you find yourself preoccupied with worrisome thoughts of what the scale is going to say tomorrow or the next day, then you might be too obsessed with the scale.
  • You weigh in more than once per day. Weigh yourself once a week (or even less). Your body weight can and will fluctuate from day to day, and change throughout a single day too. There is no sense in putting yourself on that roller coaster of ups and downs. In the war on weight, if you become so concerned that you weigh yourself daily or several times a day, you are fighting a losing battle and you will be discouraged.
  • The scale determines how you feel about yourself for the day. When the number is down, you step off the scale singing and have a jump in your step all day. When the number goes up (or stays the same when you expected a loss), you feel like Charlie Brown walking around with a rain cloud above your head. Instead of letting the scale alone determine whether you’re a success or failure, use more reliable measures to determine your progress (such as how much energy you have, how much easier it is to climb a flight of stairs or how well your clothes fit).

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