Why you should stay off the regret step

If you’re anything like me, hopping on the scales is almost always a bad idea.

Why?

I can’t tell you when;

– the last time was I got on the scales when I was feeling good about myself?

– did you do it not hoping to see a dramatic improvement in your weight even though I know I’ve been eating poorly?

You can picture it now: you’re feeling that your clothes are a little tight, you’ve little or no energy, and you definitely don’t like what you see in the mirror.

You hop on the scales for confirmation of how you feel and you immediately deflate!

Hence why we call it the regret step.

Rarely does anything good come from jumping on it.

For the vast majority of us, the regret step causes us all manner of mental, emotional and physical distraction.

Even if you start working with a nutrition coach and personal trainer to reach a new goal.

You’ll be eating better, feeling like you have more energy, and your workouts are much more successful!

You hop back on that step to quantify your progress and once again- you deflate.

How can it be possible that you haven’t lost a single kilo (or possibly even gained a little)??

I know the exact feeling.

A couple of years ago, I started training regularly as preparation for taking part in the National Indoor Rowing Champs in Cambridge.

The day I started, I jumped on the scales.

Two weeks, and 55000 metres rowed later, I jumped on again, and I’m 1 kg heavier!!!

It’s so easy to take a stimulus like this as a sign of failure. To read more about this, and how to defeat it, click here.

The negative side effects of using the scale

Your body weight doesn’t tell your real story

Most people don’t have a clue about what is a good weight for themselves

Losing weight does NOT mean you are losing fat

Muscle gain can disguise progress, which will lead to frustration and possibly giving up.

You have NO CONTROL over what the scale will read!

 

Why Habits are what you should be tracking

When we discuss nutrition with our clients, we focus on what you CAN control.

You can’t magically wave a wand and lose 5kgs of fat.

You CAN control how many days a week you workout.

You can also control things like:

  • the amount of water you are consuming
  • how hard you are working out
  • the quality of foods you are putting in your body

Wondering how to gauge the progress you have made without a basic scale?

There are a few ways to accomplish this like asking yourself:

  • how you feel
  • how much energy you have
  • how your workouts are progressing
  • how your clothes are fitting. 

Focusing on these factors will enable you to retain your emotional wellbeing all while moving forward with your goals to live a happier and healthier life in the long term.

 

You’re ready to get started. Click here to schedule a complimentary No Sweat consultation.

Cheers

Paul

 

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