If you want to look good naked, feel better in your clothes or if you've weighed yourself so frequently that you’ve left permanent footprints on your scale -- this is for you.
Too often we get distracted by that number on the scale.
But more often than not, it’s just noise that blurs the details of the bigger picture. And that big picture is you. It’s how you feel. It’s how you look...or think you look.
This is because being able to tell if you’re making progress depends on what your definition of progress is and why it matters.
Over the course of my short career I’ve been lucky enough to be been in the right place at the right time. This has given me the opportunity to work with several people whom I had either looked up to at some point or watched on TV growing up, such as Sendhil Ramamurthy (aka 'Mohinder Suresh' from Heroes).
Sendhil and I worked together for several months and not once did I have him step on a scale. The only way we kept track of his progress was how he was fitting in his near-skintight suits. There was simply no room for error on my part since each of his hand-made suits, flown in fresh from Italy, cost enough to feed a small village.
In light of that experience, I’m going to let you in on a few not-so secrets.
Your weight isn’t displayed on a marquee across your forehead.
No one knows, nor cares how much you weigh
Clothes are sold by sizes, not by weight.
So unless you’re cutting weight for your next straw-weight UFC fight, weight is irrelevant.
Let me sound like a broken record here once more and say that muscle tissue is more dense than adipose (fat) tissue.
Once in awhile a client will message me being stressed out because she gained two pounds in the last month but when I ask how her pants fit I get a response like "umm, oh yeah they’re looser”.
The point being, if you’re goal is anything other than a boxing pre-fight weigh-into, it’s time toss that scale in the garbage. Track progress with what really matters.
For most of us the idea of becoming “fit” is being able to buy clothes we feel sexy in and looking good naked. Both of which have nothing to do with setting the new low score on your scale.
If you’re finding it hard to break up with your scale, it’s OK I’ve been there too. It may take a while to forget about about your scale because you’ve created a habit of which you're going to have to replace. Driving over it seems to work for most.
Once you've got rid of your scale, you can track your progress the same way I do with 99% of my clients:
1. Take before and after photos (front, side, back)
2. Take a number of measurements (waist, hips, arms, thighs, chest, etc.)
And finally, remember no one except for the Illuminati knows what your weight is. AAnd even they probably don’t care.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer