Does having a scale help with motivation/fitness goals?
I've never used a scale to monitor my weight, thinking it's more important to rely on how I look/feel. I still believe that, but I've been considering getting a scale recently to help me monitor fluctuations and recognize patterns in my weight. Any thoughts people have on this topic would be appreciated - do you have a scale? Does it help you, or make you feel guilty? Do you use it regularly, or avoid it? Thanks!by: phormalitize
It depends on how detached you can stay from the numbers on the scale. Otherwise the only thing the scale is good for is at the gun range. It will only frustrate you! I now manage to weight myself only once a month for the pure and simple fact that the emotional beating isnt worth it. If I drink a soda (diet or not doesnt matter) my body doesnt like it and I go up 5 lbs.. but I can fluctuate upwords of 8 pounds. The scale is not my friend! But fitting into that size 4 for the first time really is relieving no matter what the scale says.
I used to be obsessive in a bad way about weighing myself daily. I finally got it under control. I don't weigh myself daily anymore - just maybe three times a week. I find it help me stay on track and know I'm heading in the right direction.
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Isn't the best gage a pair of jeans that are slightly too small? If those fit, you're closer to your goal. To Hell with the scale:}
For me it depends: If I weigh at home every day, I will get annoyed. Daily fluctuation is pretty normal, but even though I know that it will frustrate me a lot. However, I'm doing Weight Watchers for my diet and using Daily Burn for my exercise program. I go to the weekly meetings and everyone weighs in, and you can share your weight loss successes. That feels great, when a room full of people applaud because you lost another five pounds.
The biggest down side to the scale is that if you are doing a lot of weight lifting in order to tone, you will build muscle and you may actually gain pounds while losing inches. So I think it's important to keep in mind that less body fat and more muscle is healthier, regardless of what the scale is telling you.
I agree the importance should be how you feel and look, but the scale is a motivator as well as "reality check" for me. There are times when it doesn't move or rises due to muscle gain and I'm ok with that because my jeans fit better and I see muscle tone, but other times it confirms that I've been negligent and need to be more mindful of what I'm consuming. If weight loss is the biggest goal, I think it helps with motivation a ton! You gotta get rid of the weight/fat in order to see the sculpted muscle.
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