Trying to convince a woman not to obsess over the number on the scale is like pulling teeth. Thanks to the media, it’s far too ingrained in our psyches. It’s the way we’ve been taught to judge ourselves, our figures and progress in our weight loss efforts. Even BMI measurement, the medical hallmark for whether we’re overweight or not, is based on weight.
We women tend use this number on the scale to doubt ourselves and our progress. And when we don’t like the number we see, it’s often enough to make us feel depressed and demotivated…and it can even cause us to pick ourselves apart.
The truth is scale weight is totally flawed when it comes to judging fitness and progress! It can’t tell you anything about how much of your weight is muscle vs. body fat or even water. Worse yet, our scale weight changes on a daily and even hourly basis based on what we’ve eaten or drank (or as we all have experienced, the time of the month!)