Let me introduce you to one of my 1-1 clients. She is smart. She is dedicated. She is a hard worker. She is motherly. She is creative. She is talented. She is ambitious. I love working with her.
Women work with me for a plethora of different health reasons. Her reason, like many women, is to lose weight. Whenever I work with a weight loss client, the first thing I drill into their heads is the difference between weight loss and fat loss.
Our body weight is primarily compromised of three types of weight: (1) water weight, (2) muscle weight, (3) fat weight. When people crash diet, they primarily lose water weight and muscle weight, ultimately leading to a slower metabolism, an unsustainable method, yo-yo results, and unbalanced body composition, to name a few. However, when people focus on fat loss, they achieve long-term results, a sustainable method, detoxification of the body and a balanced body composition.
So, back to my story. In regards the client story I am sharing, she is on a solid fat loss plan and continues to successfully see results. During our phone session last week, she shared within 24 hours she weighed herself 3-4 times! That's enough to drive any individual crazy. She is not alone, though. I know for a fact that this is a huge struggle for many women. This is something I have overcome myself. The funny thing is that my struggle with the scale came after I successfully lost and kept off 40 lbs. An obsession with the scale usually has nothing to do with the results. I know it can be difficult, but if I and other women can overcome it, so can you.
I have personally seen many women who sabotage themselves as a result of weighing-in too often. She even admitted that it is putting unneeded stress on her. We made an agreement that she will only weigh herself once a week, to keep track of her progress.
You have to understand that body weight is constantly changing. If you drink a large amount of water, your body weight goes up. If you use the bathroom, your weight goes down. If you sweat, your weight goes down. If you eat a meal, your weight goes up. Stop looking at all of these micro measurements, because they tell you nothing about fat loss. They are simple everyday changes, that if fixated on, will lead to a really unhealthy mental state.
If you are on a solid fat loss plan or muscle gain plan, you do not need to weigh yourself more than once a week to measure your progress. If you are not on any plan, you do not need to weigh yourself more than once or twice a month to maintain yourself. Recognize there are better ways to keep track of yourself, such as how your clothes fit, if you're bloated, etc.
We as women need to lose this dogmatic way of treating our bodies. Treat yourself with love, respect, and discipline. The rest will follow, God willing. After all, our bodies are a trust given to us by God. They are temporary vessels, but they are also our vehicle to the next life. Take care of your vehicle.
Now, I want to hear from you. Do you struggle with the scale? Have you in the past? Are you currently trying to lose or gain weight? Share in the comments below
Yasmin Essa, HC, AADP is the Founder of Wellness with Yasmin where she coaches women to become the healthiest version of themselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, with her expertise lying in all things Women's Health. She is a graduate of Montclair State University as well as the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.