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The Scale – Weight vs. Reality!

How often have you heard the words “I need to lose WEIGHT?”  I’m pretty confident that you’ve heard it more than once a day (usually from the same people). Does one really need to lose weight???

We see ads all the time advertising “lose 10 pounds in 3 days”, gyms selling and telling people about “weight loss” programs. People saying I “need” to lose weight for a wedding, a trip etc. Where does this number of pounds come from … why do people feel the need to throw out this number of pounds they need to lose. Will they be healthier at this weight they want to be at???

The obsession with the number of pounds one loses/gains is totally ridiculous and misguided.

Scales are one of the main reasons that people don’t meet their fitness goals or get discouraged about fitness altogether. Going to a gym filled with hope to lose those extra pounds, only to find that you’ve gained weight. They walk into a change room at the gym, weigh themselves before and after they workout (hoping for a miraculous change in their weight). Then to their great disappointment, there is little to no change.

People need to learn (more importantly taught) that your actual weight on a scale has little bearing on your health (if other factors are met). One’s focus should be on shrinking fat cells, gaining lean muscle tissue while losing inches. Along with that, improving their cardiovascular endurance. With so much focus put on scale weight, people lose sight of what’s truly important … THEIR HEALTH!!!

By practicing proper exercise and nutritional habits, you might very well gain weight when you step on a scale. This isn’t the end of the world though. If you’re losing inches in your waist, hips, chest etc., and your weight is the same, you’re doing very well! You’re building lean muscle & losing fat (muscle burns fat). One really has to know all the factors before they give up trying a healthier lifestyle.

Muscle weighs more than fat …  if you’re gaining weight, losing inches, breathing better, have more energy, should it matter if you’re losing weight on the scale?! “We” (the fitness community as a whole) really have to get people’s minds in the right place so they too can truly enjoy a healthier and a better quality of life. Pushing “weight loss” on people will discourage more than help as most aren’t going to lose the number of pounds they set out to lose (if all is going well with their training & nutrition).

One’s health shouldn’t come at a price! Preying on people’s insecurities about their weight just to make a buck isn’t going to help anyone. Truth be told, if less focus was put on weight, we would see A LOT more “healthy” people. More people getting involved in fitness is beneficial for all concerned.

The fitness industry and people in general really need to give and get the facts so we all can live better … “together”.

The divide between the two needs to be closed!

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Striving to improve myself/others physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Always learning from life's experiences and sharing them with others

15 Comments

  1. Spuddaz

    January 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Great article Dale. You have really touched an important fact that people need to be informed about
    what true “good health” is characterized by. People shouldn’t take the easy way out. To live healthy as you’ve told me many times means to eat properly and excercise/lift properly!
    Keep up the good work and hope to read more in the future!

    • Dale Alfred

      January 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks Spud … it’s critical not only for people to learn proper health practices, but more importantly, be taught them!

  2. Chad

    January 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Great article Dale! It truly is a shame that losing “weight” is synonymous with being healthy. Although, I do not blame the lamen as it’s stemmed down from the “professionals”, many personal trainers, gurus on tv, and even their family doctor. The family doctor pulls out the file folder and begins the outdated, and make-me-shake-my-head BMI score sheet. When will they drop this height vs weight nonsense and start looking at body fat percentages which is really what people want to lose.

    Keep up the good writing sir.

    • Dale Alfred

      January 28, 2011 at 5:01 am

      Thank you Chad, much appreciated. Like anything in life, for change (for the better) to come about, we all must have a say, be informed & not be afraid of the “truth”!

  3. Nancy Onyett, FNPC

    January 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Excellent article. I see this on a daily basis in the weight loss aspect of my medical clinic.

    • Dale Alfred

      January 28, 2011 at 4:59 am

      Thank you Nancy … this is root to so many people failing in their quest for a healthier lifestyle. We must continue to get to “good word” out! :)

  4. mario

    January 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    great article. ppl should just realize that no gadget on T.V. is gonna make u lose weight magically. u need to make healthy choices. i personally just hate all these commercials about creams and pills that u take and the pounds just come off without doing any exercise.

    • Dale Alfred

      January 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you Mario … I do agree, but sometimes ppl get to a point that anything looks good to them (that’s what I mean by people preying on others insecurity’s) … we must stop at nothing to inform the one’s willing to learn!

  5. Jarret

    January 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Dale, great point about the weight loss and fitness industries preying on people’s insecurities about their weight. Not surprisingly, in spite of these products, obesity has reached epidemic levels. 30 years ago people were healthier in terms of their fitness levels without spending their money on diet pills that don’t work or buying crappy workout gear from TV commercials.

    • Dale Alfred

      January 25, 2011 at 3:07 am

      Thank you Jarret … I truly believe if more people know the truth about “fat loss”, more people will benefit (the fitness industry and the general public)

  6. Douglas Robb

    January 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    For those of you that don’t know Dale, I thought that I should let you know that he is one of the most influential people on Twitter in regards to health, fitness, weight loss, bodybuilding, etc…

    This is his first post for us and hopefully not his last.

    Dale’s influence on Twitter makes him a fitness guy to watch in the coming days/months/years…

    • Dale Alfred

      January 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you for the opportunity to write & contribute to this fine site. I hope to continue providing information that benefits all concerned.

  7. Nikos

    January 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Great work!
    It’s encouraging to read an article that so many people (along with myself) can relate to.

    I can’t wait for your next one. Keep up the good work :)

    • Dale Alfred

      January 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words & always supporting/believing in me

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