Thursday, April 26, 2012
Just to say: if you have to make a choice between weighing yourself and being binge free, take being binge free. Many bingers use the scale as a way to verify that they've been "good," or "bad." It also can set up bargaining. If I binge on this, but cut on that, and I don't gain, then I can do it again. FEw people actually realize they think this, but it's the mindset that often goes with calorie counting and weighing. It also often spurs thoughts of punishment and disappointment in yourself. To be binge free, it is usually very important to be on good terms with yourself. If you can't weigh and stay on good terms with yourself, choose not to weigh!
Weighing is usually part of "being on a diet," not on living for the long term. If the only reason we eat well is because we are afraid of the scale, we have a problem. Remember that though research shows those who maintain losses weigh every day, they represent only 3-5% of those who actually lose. We have to ask why so many don't stick with things? Discouragement with the scale rather than concentrating on life habits is a major reason, I believe.
Most people in the world who maintain normal weight do not even know how much they weigh or how many calories food has! However, they usually live in cultures that don't believe in huge portions, eating fast, and or snacking between meals. And nobody sits around scarfing food alone! They believe that hunger is not a problem but the best sauce! And being just full, rather than overfull, is the way to honor the food and your body.
Of course, if you have a health problem, and you are supposed to lose weight, maybe you need the scale. But if you have a health problem, and are not eating in accordance with getting more healthy, you aren't likely to lose weight, anyway. You need to start thinking of eating well as a gift to yourself, and believe me, eating well doesn't mean not enjoying your food! When you eat discrete meals with good food, with a variety of textures and flavors, and get decently hungry for your meals, you will enjoy your food even more.