This week I had a few clients that got pretty upset and stressed out…but it needed to be done, for their own good.
They haven’t weighed themselves in a long time and are either avoiding it (COPE) or stepped on and got a big surprise. (and not a good one lol)
It happens all the time.
When people start working with me I tell them they have to weigh themselves so that we have a starting point to gauge progress, but also for motivation.
Even though the scale doesn’t tell the whole story because of muscle gain it is still a good tool to use for progress.
Chances are you arn’t putting on as much muscle as you think, and to be lean and healthy you have to fall within a certain weight for your height. (No matter how athletic or “big boned” you think you are.)
One of the worst things you can ever do is not weigh yourself for months on end then step on the scale and get a surprise.
This is when people are surprised when they step on the scale and have gained 30 pounds.
People do this to avoid stress of seeing the numbers go up so it is a coping mechanism and “out of sight out of mind” kind of thing.
Also by weighing regularly it is motivation to stick to a diet or eat better. If you see the scale going up it will make you think twice about your food decisions.
It is always interesting when I do my phone consults and ask the prospective client what they weigh.
It’s usually a problem with women they don’t like answering but I need to know. It’s like I’m asking them for their banking password or something lol.
Me: So how much you weigh? (anticipating long awkard pause, which I will wait out for minutes if I have to)
Prospective client: ummm
Prospective client: Do you really need to know?
Awkward pause again.
Prospective client: well I haven’t weighed myself in a long time but I think around xxx-xxx pounds.
Me: Can you weigh yourself first thing in the morning after you have gone to the bathroom, naked, and report it to me? Then do this everyday and take the weekly average to account for water fluctuations to chart your progress. (This is the proper way to weigh yourself.)
Prospective client: uhhg ok.
Even though it will cause you some initial stress, it will help you out in the long run.
Weighing daily will not only keep track of your progress but it will also help motivate you to eat better.
It is just another one of those many strategies that if you apply to your weight loss program will add up to give you a better chance of success.
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