Quit weighing yourself

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.

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