Weight worry is engrained in us. Weight gain, weight loss, and the elusive weight “plateau” are like the boogie man hiding under the bed, without the simplicity of a blanket and a nightlight to save the day.
Stepping on a scale is often met with dread as the subconscious mind pushes insecurity to the forefront. Our inner monologues whisper tales of shame, and try as we might, “Shake it off” is hard to come by. In truth, the scale is just a number. Shout it from the rooftops, it isn’t going to make it hurt any less. Media, social interaction, and drowning self esteems have drilled an unfortunate lie into the foundation of our belief system. Becoming comfortable in our skin is a challenge.
I’ve learned in my life that it’s important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you’re not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do. – J. R. Martinez
First and foremost, let’s knock the myths out of the picture. It is human nature to collect information. It is also human nature to file that information away for a rainy day. Unfortunately, the subconscious doesn’t separate fact from fiction and reality is easily distorted. It’s time to dust off the file cabinets and organize our thoughts.
The scale measures one thing and one thing alone: weight. Though there is a correlation between weight and health, the scale does not diagnose lack of health. A single measurement of health doesn’t exist.
Using a scale to track progress is counterproductive. If you spent an entire day on the scale, fluctuating numbers would make the fallacy obvious. Adding to this dilemma is the negative message that gets a tune up. Progress doesn’t mean pounds. True progress leaves us feeling better about ourselves, both physically and figuratively.
Snacking between meals doesn’t ruin your appetite. Starving all day and piling 24hours worth of calories into one sitting, on the other hand, crashes the metabolism. Food shouldn’t make you sleepy. The brain is a beautiful thing. Food comas are the body’s way of saying “Stop Eating! I’m trying to digest here!” When the body is overloaded with too many tasks, it shuts down in order to focus on the priority at hand. Smaller meals divided up throughout the day are easier to digest, meaning the body wins and is able to absorb nutrients appropriately. Don’t go running for the ho-hos just yet! Snacking doesn’t mean hit the vending machine. Not everyone likes Kale chips, but we live in an age of options and there are just as many healthy options as not.
There is a Solution
Everyone is different, and no amount of technological advancement is going to change the human condition. Rather than forcing a square peg into a round hole, accept that no two people will have the same results using the same methods.
Individualize your approach to weight management with physician guided assistance. Be comfortable in your skin again. What do you have to lose?