Why Not To Use Weighing Scales At Dwelling

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Is it time to hit pause while weighing?

Anyone who is a customer of ours is most likely aware of our attitude towards Libra. we somehow see it as a necessary evil. Of course, we need a way to monitor progress and set goals for our customers. But we don't just use the scales. We also take measurements and we measure body fat. We encourage all of our customers NOT to weigh themselves at home. And our focus is always on changing habits rather than obsessing over a number on the scales.

The scales can become a trigger

In some situations, the result on the scales can actually lead to emotional eating. A “bad” result on the scales can trigger fear and even shame and lead to a bad feeling. This can affect the person's entire outlook on life. They judge themselves as "good" or "bad" which from childhood can reveal all sorts of old feelings about failure and not-good enough. This can lead to seizures and feelings of being out of control. With these customers, we often know that when we hear, it's a red flag. "What's the point?" or "I tried so hard this week but still didn't lose weight so it wouldn't work."

The reality is that the failure to lose weight can be due to all sorts of things, but these customers don't want to hear them. Instead, they are obsessed with their perceived "failure". In this case, it may be better for that customer NOT to be weighed for a few weeks until they feel more positive about the results. Instead, he is asked to focus on his habits and the feeling in his clothes.

An obsession can begin

Just focusing on the figure on the scales can do more harm than good in some cases. Some clients have very unhealthy attitudes towards the Libra (which your counselor tries to talk to you about and which encourages you to ask questions as part of your weight loss journey). This can lead to people becoming obsessed with food (which often leads to overeating instead of overeating because you are hungry), negative thoughts about your body shape, decreased self-esteem, and repeated yo-yo weight (in a constant cycle and then lose increase again)).

In some serious cases, an unhealthy obsession with the scales can even lead to eating disorders such as binge eating or anorexia. It can affect other health goals as well – if you think health is all about the scales, you're more likely to neglect changing other habits that are good for your health (i.e. instead of building in rest days, you can push your body to do so do a lot of sport, which is counterproductive for health).

Is it time to hit pause?

Customers who are stuck or too fixated on the scales can benefit hugely from taking a month or two off. If you think this is relevant to you, discuss it with your weight loss advisor on motivation. They will guide you on how to approach your break from the scales, and they will emphasize how you are feeling and which habits you want to improve.

If we click "pause" your advisor will either agree to hide the measurement on the scale (and record it privately to see in the near future) or the client will not be weighed at all (it's over) to the client ).

In these scenarios, we will simply focus on the good habits that have changed that week and things that might make the person feel better in their jeans. So we're getting away from certain numbers altogether, and sometimes using this strategy can actually be very effective.

We sometimes agree to only do this for a few weeks before going back to weight tracking when the client is ready.

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