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Signs You Should Step Off the Scale

By Sara Butler

For many people who strive to reach and maintain a healthy weight, a scale is an essential tool. After all, regular weigh-ins are a valuable tool for understanding where you are in pursuit of your health and wellness goals, but it can also become a source of frustration and anxiety. If the latter seems familiar to you, then you may want to take a break from the scale. Here are three signs that it might be time!

The Numbers Have a Huge Impact on Happiness

If you feel great but then step on the scale and have it crush your whole day, then it might be time to take a break. If the number that comes up on the scale overshadows the goals you’ve accomplished off the scale, such as exercise and eating healthy, then it’s not a healthy practice for you.

When the scale wields the power to change your emotions, then it’s time to give it a rest. You need a positive attitude to keep moving forward and striving to be healthier. If you let the scale get you down, then it can lead to an abandoning of behaviors you’ve worked so hard on. Find other ways to measure your progress, such as setting goals that have nothing to do with the scale.

You React to the Scale by Making Drastic Changes

If the number you see on the scale is causing you to tweak how many calories you’re eating per day, every day, then it’s time for a break. Of course, your body doesn’t have the same calorie needs when you’re at a conference all day as it does when you run five miles, but the number you see on the scale shouldn’t have that big of an impact on the amount of food you eat.

Weekly weigh-ins are the gold standard for a reason: they aren’t as reflective of the factors that influence daily weigh-ins, such as hormonal changes and stress.

You’re Doing Multiple Weigh-Ins per Day

It’s largely a personal choice how often you weigh yourself. But one way that doesn’t work is weighing yourself multiple times per day. Your weight can fluctuate wildly throughout the day, as much as five to seven pounds. This fluctuation can lay the groundwork for unhealthy habits. How much you weigh yourself is up to you, but consistency is key to getting a good snapshot of what is really going on. Once a day or once a week is just fine.

Remember, the strides you're taking toward better health and wellness aren't simply reflected on a scale. Keep it in perspective and keep striving for your goals! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glenview, Ill.

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