The Demonization of Body Scales

The Demonization of Body Scales

Alex Brecher

The body scale has gotten such a bad rap over the years by many. Whether people are scared of knowing the real number as to how much they truly weigh or those who feel that it’s better to track progress through how you feel rather than what the number on the scale says…it’s tricky to change people’s minds to understanding that owning a body scale should be a staple in your weight loss journey, not something that’s collecting cobwebs in your closet.

People are so terrified to step on a scale that they will avoid going to the doctor’s office knowing that part of the appointment will include getting weighed. The fear that comes with the unknown is real and they say that ignorance is bliss but owning and using a scale shouldn’t feel like pulling teeth. Being aware of your progress towards a healthier YOU is essential to seeing the results desired. Having such strong feelings towards an inanimate object isn’t healthy…

When you Google, “throw away your scale,” 21,000,000 results are retrieved. There are blogs after blogs that advise people to ditch their bathroom scale because they’re a “waste of money,” that they can cause people to become obsessive, etc. There are multiple reasons to be scared but seeing the actual number of what their true weight seems to scare people the most. If that number correlates with being considered overweight, it’s an even bigger turnoff. People are usually aware if they are overweight and seeing that validation can change the course of someone’s day, correlate with their self-worth and make it difficult to cope with reality.

We want to redirect people’s thought process! Enough is enough with demonizing an inanimate object! This post isn’t about selling our product or a cheap ploy at getting new customers, this is about enlightening people about what owning a body scale really means. It’s nothing to be afraid of or destroy. A body scale is a tool in your weight loss journey and an overall helpful product to have in your household. When one is able to track and rejoice in the progress they’re making on their healthy lifestyle journey, it can inspire one to keep going and to never give up. Being able to embrace the numbers on the screen when you first start your journey can be a tough realization but it will only make you that much more determined to change them! When one can step away from the emotional response and act in an objective manner, that’s when you know you’re ready and able to make changes in your life.

When going out to purchase a body scale, you should be on the lookout for one’s that are capable of tracking both your body weight and body fat numbers. With this knowledge, you’ll only be that much more empowered by your information and know where your health level is at. It’s also an added bonus if the scale is able to tell you what your body water percentage is. A higher percentage of water in your body is better than a lower number. Fat cells are only able to hold a low amount of water versus lean muscle tissue that stores a lot.

Hopefully, we have convinced you to overcome your fear of stepping on and or owning a scale. When you overcome that, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • You don’t have to weigh yourself every single day. Have a day at the beginning and end of the month to see your progress throughout the month. Weighing one’s self every single day can lead to unhealthy habits and not much will change day to day unless you’re approaching weight loss in an unhealthy manner.
  • Don’t have unrealistic expectations. You’re most likely not going to weigh what you did in high school and junior high…We’re all growing older every single day and our bodies changing is a part of life as well. You’ve hopefully matured since then, so should your expectations.
  • Understand that knowledge is power. Being aware of where your body is at is important in making changes. Don’t let yourself be blind to reality.
  • Don’t let the number at the beginning of your journey determine your self-worth. We’re all beautiful and great people, the number on the scale shouldn’t define who you are or what type of day you’re going to have. Be rational, take responsibility and make the changes.

Take back the control you have over the scale. Dig it out of your closet/go purchase one and start making life changes!