Some days it brings your mood up while other days it makes you sad. It practically speaks to you; it can depress, frustrate and disappoint you. I for one hate to argue with is, some days I desire it, I was once obsessed with it. What is this IT? Well the IT is THE SCALE, yes SCALE.
When the number reduces on the scale, we are happy but if it increases, hmmmm depression or sad mood sets in. it is very vital in managing weight, however, it doesn’t tell the whole story. A lot of us have the scale syndrome, you might not know this but there are signs to knowing if truly you are affected.
- When you are always worrying about weighing in: this is the first sign, I was guilty of this like 2 years ago, I worried about weighing but when I finally climb up and the numbers go down. It gives me satisfaction that am truly working hard but if it stays the same or increases, oh dear!, my mood will change immediately. That change in mood will determine what and how I eat for the coming week. If you see yourself in this situation, hmmmmm you probably have the scale syndrome.
- Mood change: like I said above, when I suffered from scale syndrome it determined my mood not only for that day but for the coming week. This feeling is the worst of it all, allowing just a number affect ones entire day. To some people, it might affect what they eat for that day or week while someone else might decide to eat clean (that’s if the increase in number on scale is as a result of bad food choices), another might decide to starve or even binge. Losing 1 kg or staying on the same number (which is better than adding not that one should die if the number increases) should be satisfying but unfortunately scale syndrome makes one feel too silly to understand and appreciate every pound and kg loss or progress made in changing those bad habits.
- When you constantly weigh yourself: if you weigh yourself more than once a day then you have scale syndrome. One of my client always complain bitterly how her weight differs each time we finish working out. She will go “I tend to add weight after exercising”, with a shocking facial expression, I responded “do you weigh yourself daily before and after working out” she goes “oh yes, I do…always”. To me that’s too much stress, and then I had to explain to her that the body weight fluctuates daily. I advised her to stop depressing herself by climbing the scale always. I will recommend weighing in weekly or monthly, daily is just ridiculous….I don’t think I was this obsessed
Apart from the scale, another way of determining your weight loss progress is by using a measuring tape. Measure various parts of your body like the shoulder, thighs, waist, bust, neck, hips etc; record the numbers and measure again monthly or every three months. There are various non scale victories (NSV) like fitting into old jeans, changes in your skin colour, beating those bad habits or doing things you would never have done etc.
Weighing is important in tracking the process of losing weight but let’s not overdo this and start appreciating little changes in our body.