Do You Have a Weight Obsessed Personality?
Are you weight obsessed? Do you weigh yourself on a daily basis or close to it? If you do – STOP! Success is not measured by the numbers on a scale. Does the scale have any role in helping you reach your goals? Yes, but it is just one of many tools in your arsenal that you can use to measure success. Unfortunately, it is probably one of the least helpful tools.
If you think you have a weight obsessed persona, here are better ways to measure your success:
- Look in the mirror. Do you look better? Sometimes it can be difficult to notice small changes in the mirror because we see ourselves so frequently. But it can be one of the easiest and most gratifying measurement tools.
- Use a tape measure. Measure yourself with a MyoTape body tape measure. Measure the circumference of your waist, hips, arms, legs, and chest. If you find that your arms are getting bigger, but your waist is getting smaller, it’s a sure sign that progress is being made.
- Use body fat calipers. Take skin-fold measurements on your abs, obliques, triceps, back, legs, and chest. If these numbers are getting smaller on a weekly basis, you know you’re losing fat. All you need is one of these cheap $6 body fat calipers to get the job done.
- Take progress pictures. Snapping some photos every couple of weeks under the same lighting is a great way to notice changes. Those small changes are much more noticeable when you have before and after pictures side by side on your computer.
Weight Obsessed? The Scale is Not Your Friend
The reason a scale is not a good measuring tool is because your weight might not be going down, but you can still be losing fat. This happens when you both lose fat and and gain muscle at the same time.
Take for example somebody who is 180lbs at 20% body fat. This person is carrying 36lbs of fat on them. Let’s pretend that after months of working out he weighs himself again, but this time he’s still 180lbs. The scale would seem to suggest that he just wasted months of hard work because he didn’t lose any weight. What the scale doesn’t show you is that his body fat percentage dropped to 15%. So now he’s only carrying 30lbs of fat on him. That’s a loss of 6lbs of fat, and a gain of 6lbs of muscle! Suddenly, the discouragement of seeing no weight change has turned into encouragement now that he has proof that all that hard work is working.
More than likely all 4 of the better ways to measure success have shown progress. Not only can he see in the mirror that his body is more muscular and his muscles are showing more definition, but the skin-fold measurements are all going down and the tape measure measurements are all showing that his waist and hips are smaller. His clothes probably fit looser and he probably has gone down a couple of notches on his belt too.
Don’t become weight obsessed. Stay off the scale if you aren’t seeing the numbers you want, and give one or more of the alternate measuring techniques a try. How many times have you personally found the scale not budging, but people have commented that you’re looking better?FREE EBOOK: The 10 Forgotten Rules of Weight Loss