weight-1593193The scale can make you manic-depressive. I recommend cutting the cord with your scale and letting your clothes tell you whether you are losing or gaining weight. Think about it…if you gain a pound or don’t lose as much as you hoped, it can make you feel so defeated that you could easily compensate by “treating yourself” with a food binge. On the flip side, if your scale says you’ve lost a pound, even though you’ve been over-eating, it can be just the excuse you’ve been looking for to continue your over-indulgence!
If you are attempting to lose weight, please do not weigh yourself more than once every few weeks. The scale will then simply confirm what you already know (whether you are losing or gaining weight) and will give your body time to melt significantly enough for you to be encouraged by what the scale tells you. If you KNOW you have been eating too much, you don’t need the scale to “scold” you. Negative feedback always backfires!
If you constantly have trouble sticking to your weight loss program, instead of checking the scale you may need to check your METHOD of losing weight (maybe too depriving – after all, every “diet” is followed by a binge!). Also check your MOTIVATION by asking yourself, “is losing weight my priority or is it more important to me to eat as often and as much as I want?”
In my research study of people who THINK and stay THIN (i.e. more concerned with how they look and feel than with food and eating) as opposed to people who are overeating and overweight, I discovered that most thin people rarely weigh themselves and do not even know their exact weight; whereas overweight people are always jumping on the scale. Now isn’t that food for thought?

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