How To Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind
I have a close friend, let’s call her “Ashley”. Ashley is an attractive girl, with a great figure, but she is always on a diet. She is obsessed with watching the “Biggest Loser”, and thinks her week is unsuccessful if she does not go down in weight. She is a member of Weight Watchers and is the proud owner of numerous Jillian Michaels workout videos. Ashley calorie counts and eats “healthy” food. At 23 years old 5’’7 and approximately 120 LBS, she is by all accounts, in great shape.
Unfortunately, that is not good enough.
Even though Ashley is a great looking girl she doesn’t feel that she measures up. She is convinced that she needs to weigh 115 lbs to be good enough. Anything more than that is unacceptable. I know this sounds extreme, but this is a growing problem in our society.
For Example, According an article on the Government of Victoria Australia Website
- 45 per cent of women and 23 per cent of men in the healthy weight range think they are overweight.
- At least 20 per cent of women who are underweight think that they are overweight and are dieting to lose weight.
[box type="note"]This is a result of our desire to use the scale to measure our worth. It contributes to poor body image and self concept in young women and increasingly more men.[/box]
Break Free From Your Scale
It takes a confident person to pay little attention to the scale when trying to get in shape. The scale is the barometer of success for most people, but a psychological shift is long overdue. It is not that the scale doesn’t have a place as a tool for weight loss, especially for those that are obese, it is just a torturous measuring stick that can cause a lot of psychological damage.
[box type="important"]There are better ways to measure success and maintain a positive body image. [/box]
5 Ways To Get Off The Scale and Still Reach Your Goals
1. Take Pictures
We are primarily stimulated by visual cues. Instead of watching the scale, take pictures. We are much more adept at noticing volume then weight. When you show up to a party and miraculously take up less space than you did 6 months prior, people notice. Take pictures of yourself and compare them in chronological order.
2. Measure Something
If you are want to measure something, measure your waist. This will be a great indicator of your progress. If you plan to target a certain area, measure it too. Hips waist and thighs are a good place to start.
3. Buy New Clothes
When I started losing weight I was so excited to put on my pants, because I knew they would fit better. I would get excited about each notch on my that I passed because my waist was getting smaller. Then I went on a shopping spree, which was fun. I got some tight pants let me tell you! It was a weird feeling at first, then they became comfortable. Buying new clothes or just getting back into old ones is great way to measure progress. I hate the feeling of clothes that fit tighter, but when they become more loose, that’s the best!
4. Wear Jeans and Avoid Loose Fitting Clothes
Loose fitting clothes allow you to relax, but could help form bad habits. If you have extra room in your pants, my wife likes to call them “comfy clothes”, you will be more inclined to eat and drink more. If you are sitting around the house in tight clothes, or do your errands this way, you will be less likely to overeat, and be conscious of how your gut feels. Pretty powerful stuff!
5. Strip Down and Check It Out
If you do not have a good quality full length mirror, find one and check yourself out “in the buff”. Some people can not stand to look at themselves naked out of fear of what they will see. It is a shame, because we are all beautiful. Get comfortable with your naked body!
[box type="important"]Losing weight should be part of the journey towards looking and feeling good, but it should not be the most important. Would you rather look in the mirror and be excited about your appearance or still hate the way you look after losing 10 pounds?[/box]