It’s time to stop beating yourself up over the number on the scale. The scale is lying to you.
Two pounds up or two pounds down does not mean you’re good or bad. That number does not mean you’re a failure at diets or at life. That number doesn’t dictate when you’ll get a boyfriend or when he’ll leave you.
We know those are the thoughts that cross your mind when you’re staring at that number!
We’ve all had a friend who is co-dependent. She can’t be alone, not for one second, she experiences jealous rage when their boyfriend shows up 5 minutes late, and nights alone feel like hell on earth.
Now it’s time to address your scale-dependence. You have to weigh yourself every morning, you experience complete and total freak out when that number is 5 lbs. above what you thought it would be, and your mood is pretty much dependent on what that number is!
It’s been long enough, this relationship must end. It’s no longer serving you and it’s only making you miserable.
That scale is lying, cheating, and beating you up! Okay, weight (no pun intended), it’s actually you who is beating you up!
So what does that number on the scale really mean?!? There are a few things you’ve got to get straight first:
1. Scales do not read fat, they read weight. That’s right, there is a difference. A scale is not telling you the difference between gaining muscle or fat. So 2lbs on the scale could be a loss of two lbs of fat and gaining two lbs of muscle. Or it could be the bottle of water you just had.
2. Daily weight changes do not measure changes in fat they measure water retention. Here’s why:
- Dehydration causes water retention. The more dehydrated you are the more your body hangs on to water. Mild dehydration causes your muscles to retain fluid.
- One bottle of water is literally equal to 2 lbs. on the scale.
- Processed foods have a lot of salt and other chemicals that make you retain water! That once in a while packaged box of mac n’ cheese or that chips and salsa isn’t make you fat, but it is making you hold onto water weight.
- When you’re menstruating you can retain several pounds of water.
3. That number is going to go up if you aren’t regular. Yep, constipation! You’ll weigh differently on days you go vs. days you don’t. That could be a few pounds . . . Repeat this is not fat! You just need to go to the bathroom.
The moral of the story. Daily weighing does nothing but make you miserable and for no reason! Your body is capable of retaining up to about five pounds of water a day, depending on the amount and type of foods you consume.
Now we know it’s not easy, but it’s time give up the scale. To be honest, we kicked our scales to the curb long ago, without ever looking back.
And if you can’t give up the scale, it’s time to make a conscious effort to stop associating your own self-worth with that number on the scale. You are so much more than that!
Here’s to a beautiful, accepting, and self-loving you!
We think you’re amazing exactly how you are!
Hannah & Marisa
If you there’s a woman in your life who is scale-dependent, please pass this post her way so she can be free of this relationship! xo