Friday, July 09, 2010
I know I tend to have a live and die by the numbers on the scale attitude and I am sure many of you do the same. This morning after weighing in and seeing only a .4 lb weight loss this week (yes, some is better than nothing) I decided to look into how accurate my scale really is. An article I found was pretty interesting. I think we all know the basics. Weigh-in first thing in the morning, no clothes, not on a carpet etc etc. The facts that resonated with me were as follows. Hormone levels can affect weight on any given day. Even if we are eating well and stuck to our plan the numbers on the scale will not reflect all of our hard work. Secondly, and this is my favorite, considering that a pound of fat requires 3,500 extra calories consumed for you to gain 2 pounds overnight or even over 2 days would have required you to consume 7,000 EXTRA CALORIES in that time period. Considering how unlikely that is most likely there is some other unseen factor at work.
As I have mentioned before I am a numbers person and this made so much sense to me analytically. It helped me to see the scale more as a guide and less like my executioner. I decided to focus on making sure I am eating enough protein this week as well as staying in my calorie range and start having a more healthy view of food. Last night I went out to dinner with friends and I had a wonderful healthy meal and it felt so great to not be obsessed, good or bad, with every bite.
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