Too many times I have seen and hear people feeling the worst about themselves (and their health) because of a number on a scale. Yes it help us make our assessments, especially with regards to your nutritional status, but it is not the only determinant of good health.
What we see impacts how we feel. You see something good you get excited and happy; you see something you dont want to and you immediately feel disappointed. Not realising that that feeling can influence your mental health and emotional well being.
100% of the time when someone steps on a scale they become despondent and demotivated. And instead of focusing on feeling good and achieving other health goals, weight and the number on the scale is the only thing they worry about.
Allow me to give you the good news: being healthy is not determined by the scale
Being healthy is a series of consistent habit changes daily leading to overall well-being
And with that being said, there is health goals out there that does not involve the scale.
Know the ingredients
Be more attentive as to what is in the products you buy. It’s very easy for us to get fooled with big science names and clever word play. Click here to read more on food labelling.
Beat the afternoon slump
Adding that afternoon snack (which most of us skip) is not only good for our metabolism, it also prevents us from over indulging at dinner.
Its as simple as that. Research has lately shown that even the minimalist of physical activity is beneficial for our health. It does not have to be the gym but moving more or stretching daily is already a good start.
Body shape matters
Falling into the apple shape category increases your risk for developing diseases of lifestyle like hypertension and diabetes and in this case, your focus could be to reduce centimeters around your waist.
Again not needing a scale to measure and reduce your waistline.
Focus on consistency rather than perfection.
With having no-scale-goals, the focus is being consistent everyday rather then getting to the perfect goal weight.
It should be more about your overall feeling of wellness as opposed to fitting into a criteria that only makes you feel worse about yourself. And trust me, the size of your body does not make you immune to self criticise.
With that being said, slow and steady always wins the race. a Slow change in habits, slow look at portion control and slow adjustments to healthier lifestyles