The Scale is not the Barometer
Nearly 65 percent of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within three years, according to Gary Foster, Ph.D., clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stats vary from study to study, but it's pretty obvious that we as Americans have a weight issue, with over 65 percent of Americans over the age of 20 being considered overweight.
I have found that when I have dieted and weighed myself constantly, my weightloss would be short lived. I would easily find a way to eating like an animal, and my training volume would drop tremendously.
I was dieting and training to lose weight. The scale was my barometer that told me how successful I was at losing weight. This sounds intelligent doesn't it? Let me be the first to tell you that it isn't. In order to get results that actually stick you have to have more powerful reasons that burn themselves into your soul, and not just tap your ego. There's nothing wrong with weighing yourself, but there is something wrong with changing your life with diet and exercise only to lose weight.
What about the reason your overweight in the first? What about your eating and lifestyle habits? Do you get enough rest? Do you exercise daily? Exercise is not just for losing weight. What happens when you hit a plateau and feel as though your exercise regiment is not working? Do you stop exercing? Most of us actually do, I have! We don't think that we need to exercise unless we're trying to lose weight. Being healthy and vibrant aren't our main motivators. We don't think that if we had to be consistent at eating right and working out in order to drop the fat, that we won't need those same skills to maintain our new physique.
" Where the mind goes the body will
follow." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
The scale reminds me that I'm trying to lose weight. What keeps me consistent, is me making fitness and healthy eating my lifestyle. With that being my main 'Why', I don't have to worry about my weight. My lifestyle is so healthy and vibrant, and anything that's not a match to health and vitality has to either fall off or change.