As a weekly weight loss leader, I see a range of emotions at weigh in — frustration, fear, victory, disappointment, excitement. It’s all there. Let’s face it, the scale has more power over our emotional well-being than it has a right to. But everywhere we go, the numbers on the scale stare us in the face. We fill out an insurance form and have to check off a weight range. We go for a doctor’s visit and the first thing we do is to step on the scale. Even purchasing panty hose requires our weight!
The scale is the most accepted measurement of our “diet progress,” and yet the scale can’t measure our behavior or determination, two things which are much more important to weight loss than the numbers themselves. The truth is, there will be weeks when we do everything ‘perfect’ — we plan, prepare, weigh, measure, exercise and stick to it like glue — and the scale stays the same.