I’ve noticed that everyone is weighing themselves all the time. I go into FB groups and see people posting pictures of the scale, announcing their weight loss goals, and their progress.
That’s fine and I like objective measurements too. I’m a physical therapist and part of a good evaluation is obtaining data to figure our what is wrong with the patient.
But can I make one suggestion?
Put the scale away. Not forever, but for now.
But then you say, “but, Kevin, how am I going to know if I’m losing weight? How will I track my progress? How will I hold myself accountable? What will I post in the group?
Guys, listen. For most of you, the scale is a tyrant. It determines your mood and your happiness for the day. If the number is good, you are happy. If it’s not, then you’re not happy.
I played this game for years. I remember after a “good day” I would get giddy and be filled with excitement in anticipation of the number.
After struggling for many years with various eating disorders (bingeing and purging, starvation, dieting, fasting, chewing and spitting, etc.), I had to find a way to recovery for good. And I did. The solution is what I later called Empowered Eating. During that struggle I had no idea that my struggle would become the solution others had been looking for. And I certainly never had the intention of creating something called Empowered Eating.
If I could describe Empowered Eating in one sentence, I would say it’s a way of making decisions about food that are congruent with your long-term health goals and your true values. It’s NOT another diet and I don’t even think it’s a philosophy.
If you’re reading this, you probably value your health and wellness above anything, but you’re constantly sabotaging yourself with destructive food choices. Maybe you eat at night. Maybe you eat well beyond your satiety point. Maybe you eat foods that you know you...