Let’s step off the scale for a second...

If you find yourself discouraged because the number you see on the scale conjures up an image that is not ideal, then maybe we should take a moment to break down that number and see what it represents to you. Is the number a representation of your health?

A “healthy weight” should be a range, not a pinpointed number to attain. Our weight will fluctuate from morning to night, and day by day depending on many factors. Not only that, but if your goal is to reach a weight you “think” you should be,  then please ask yourself how you came up with that number. If you looked down and saw this number on the scale, would you see a different person in the mirror? Would it make you a happier person, and if so, why?

Now I would like to take a pause here and point out that yes, there are times that the number on the scale can very well be an indication of a person’s health. This particular blog is intended for the audience who find themselves putting too much value into media images and comparing themselves to something that is, in fact, not factual at all. Do you think that Jennifer Aniston or Kate Hudson would down a pint of ice cream if they were allowed to after a stressful day of work? Um, yes! In a recent article, Kim Kardashian stated that she has not been in a grocery store in four years. You know why? Because she has people for that. She also has people who cook and ration out her food, and others who enforce strict exercise routines.

You know what the number one difference is between you and celebrities? Their job is to look the part. Your job is to be you, and you are awesome. And when it comes down to it, take a moment to see how harshly we criticize, and how quickly we reward with praise the celebrities who make dramatic physical transitions. Maybe this is why we expect the same for ourselves and are so upset when the scale doesn’t shift quickly enough.

Any good fitness professional will tell you that weight loss should be slow and steady. The changes you see may not be reflected on the scale as quickly as you would like them to, and that can be very discouraging. The fact that we all want immediate results is why the fitness industry is as huge as it is, selling magical products with rapid results. This is also why membership sales in fitness facilities thrive in January. Then come March and April, members tend to show up less and less often (even though they rarely ever cancel their memberships).

The truth is, results should not be immediate, not physical ones at least, not if you are going about weight loss in a healthy and controlled manner. But, that is not what you are going to read about in magazines or hear about on TV. Instead you are bombarded with headlines claiming immediate results from miracle diets and post baby weight-loss triumphs.

If you are new to exercise, what you should expect within the first month of your newly planned out routine is a possible change in water retention now that you are beginning to sweat and move more, and you may even start to “feel” better. During the second month you may begin to notice small changes in the mirror, but mostly because you are really, really looking for them, and your clothes may feel a bit more comfortable. By the third and especially fourth month, people may start to ask you if you are losing weight, or they may stop and tell you that you are looking “good.”

The truth is, results are going to vary from person to person depending on the frequency, intensity, and duration of the exercises within their individualized programs. Your health is determined by your body composition, not your weight, and definitely not your BMI. If you would like to find out how to learn more about your health, please feel free to contact us here to get started. Otherwise, think of this as food for thought next time you hear that judgy person inside your head whispering mean things to you when you see a celebrity’s “dramatic weight loss.”