Welp, there it is again… another number I am disappointed with.  I just don’t understand; I kicked butt at the gym this week and I know I ate healthy too. I was feeling great until I saw the number that indicated I haven’t lost a pound this week. What a wasted effort.

Weight is just a number that cannot define how healthy you are, nor define your worth. Weight is just one measurement used to assess health status and without any other data, it doesn’t tell  a thing. So why does it mean something to you?

A better picture of health status would include measurements of body composition, circumference, and blood pressure.  These measurements could tell you what actually makes up the weight and if how much you weigh is healthy for you because every BODY is different.

Your body shape and size are impacted by a variety of factors that most we cannot control:

  • Genetics
  • Cultural influences
  • Gender
  • Age
  •  Environment
  • Dieting
  • Body composition
  • Activity

Sometimes we try to control our calories or foods we eat by following diets but these are more games of numbers.  Counting calories and dieting doesn’t work because they are very restrictive habits and don’t teach you how to make healthy food choices a part of your permanent lifestyle.

Following a diet and/or cutting your calories can actually be harmful to your body. Don’t let yourself miss out on things you love! There is so much more to food than calories and there are no “good” or “bad” foods.  Eating a variety of foods will provide you with a balance of all the nutrients that your body needs to be healthy.  Be mindful of what you eat but be open to enjoying the foods you love. Doing this will help you feel fit and find happiness which is a much better indicator of health; both mentally and physically. Remember, you are more than a number! Throw away the scale because scales are for fish!