Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Are you being seduced by your scale?


Further to my post yesterday on scale addiction, today I'll be writing about scale seduction.

Scale seduction is often an insidious problem. You start your "diet" and begin to lose weight and bolstered by the sweet nothings the scale whispers in your ear you slowly get stricter and stricter with your dietary and/or exercise regimes. Basically watching those numbers go down seduces you into thinking you've found a lifestyle when in fact you've just on a diet.

Overly restrictive diets, regardless of weight loss, are generally doomed to fail when you finally get sick of the restrictions you don't particularly enjoy. When does that happen? Usually when the scale stops whispering its sweet nothings.

Remember, it isn't really about what you weigh, it's about what you're doing about what you weigh. Getting sucked into using the scale as your arbiter of success is risky business.

For the Star Wars fans out there consider the scale the "dark side" of the force. Powerful, seductive, but ultimately very dangerous.

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3 comments:

  1. Just found your blog and love it. I totally agree with your posts on addiciton and seduction with the dreaded scale. I try not to weigh myself more than a couple times a week, even then I dont let it phase me. I just keep doing what I am doing because I know I am healthy, to some extent :)

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  2. I've been watching your blog for a while and love it, but this post is just so true, and was just exactly what I needed to hear today! Thank you for all the great info and encouragement!

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  3. So true, so true, and I HATE it!

    I think I have finally, after many, many years, gotten past the stupidity of allowing THAT NUMBER to make me feel good or bad for several days after my reading.
    Have been following a low carb WOE since last summer, feel great, am losing slowly but surely, and know that I am doing the right thing, for my health, regardless of that NUMBER.

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