Weighing yourself is a bad idea.
It’s a bad idea if you think that weighing yourself will help you to control your weight. It is also a bad idea if you think being a certain size is going to improve your health.
Here are some other reasons why weighing yourself is a bad idea:
You Become Obsessive
Weighing yourself easily becomes an obsession, dictating what you do and don’t do as a result of what number you see on the scales.
This preoccupied with your body is unhealthy. Weighing yourself leads to losing sight of the bigger picture of nutrition and health.
Keeps you stuck dieting and favouring diet-mentality and diet-behaviour.
Affects Your Mood
The scales lead you to feel a certain way from the moment you see the number, which flows onto how you feel about everything else in your life and what you decide to do.
Self-esteem plummets as you believe you are not enough or there is something wrong with your body.
You Get Distracted
Weighing yourself is distracting yourself. It distracts you from listening to your body and responding to your body needs. Weighing yourself is unhelpful.
Instead of caring for yourself based on what you are feeling, you will use the scales as an indicator of what you should and should not do. This is not natural human behaviour. For example, you may find yourself eating certain foods to celebrate the smaller number on the scales, and on the other hand, you may find yourself restricting any type of food you eat because of the higher number you’ve seen on the scales.
Weighing yourself leads to errors in feeding yourself which result in a higher natural weight.
You buying into the myth that a certain body type is healthier. You may find that you will have some disordered behaviours as you try and achieve that certain body type. Do you notice yourself restricting and/or bingeing with your intake of food? Weighing yourself is a diet-behaviour that can lead to eating disorders in susceptible people.
The scales and BMI is not an indicator of health status.
After making these changes, notice how you feel. Do you sleep better, feel less tired, feel better, have a stable mood, feel less preoccupation with food/body?
For support, contact me, or if DIY is more your style, grab a copy of ‘30 Days to a Better Relationship With Food and Body’ ebook.