I work a lot with people wanting to achieve a healthy body weight.
When I ask them how much they currently weigh, very few can tell me this figure. However, what most have no problem telling me is that “it’s sacrilegious to keep scales in the home”. So, aren’t they “very good” for disposing of this evil device (and for not actually knowing their weight)?
I couldn’t agree less — this is not something I award ‘Naturopath Points’ for. Bathroom scales are a must-have for those who have difficulty maintaining a healthy body weight.
Note: if you’re currently disagreeing with me, you’re probably either:
a) a slender person who simply uses an alternative device to monitor your figure – your clothing1! (unfortunately some people just buy bigger clothes!), or
b) you know you’re overweight, and you don’t like the scales telling you something you already know.
Generally speaking, you only become overweight because you’re not paying attention to, and therefore doing anything about, the ‘kilos’ that gradually ‘creep up, on, and around you’…
If you’re someone who tends to get easily distracted from their health (by their food!), then it would definitely pay to make weighing yourself a daily ritual. This way you can closely monitor yourself and take steps to correct things before it (and you), becomes a big issue!
Clearly it’s not the scales fault if it offers up a figure that you’re displeased with (pun intended!) If stepping onto the scales upsets you that much, perhaps its time to do something about it. And, no – I don’t mean that you should deal to the scales with a hammer!
I recommend you contact your Naturopath. They will not only devise a healthy diet & exercise regime for you, they will also check to see if anything is confounding your efforts i.e. you may have a thyroid, liver, or hormonal concern, or you may be on a medication that has weight gain as a side-effect (for females; ‘The Pill’).
Note: You may be unaware that you have some psychological issue surrounding food (and/or your weight). We can recommend, or refer you to someone more appropriate to help you with this issue.
Weigh yourself first thing in the morning (before breakfast). To ensure an accurate, consistent, reading — ideally you’ll be ’Peed, Pooed, and Nude’2.
Don’t weigh yourself at night. This is because by this stage you may be up to 2kg heavier than when you started that day (due to eating 3 meals + 2 snacks, and due to drinking around 2L of water).
Note: Weigh yourself daily until you establish (and can maintain) a healthy weight based solely on the opinion of your favorite pair of jeans1.
Why go to all the effort of losing weight, to simply go back and put it all on (and perhaps, more)?
To this end, create yourself a ‘2kg weight buffer system’ to be employed in ‘times of feast’ e.g. a holiday, wedding /silly season, or other celebrations. For example, if you’re usually 77kg in the morning, but start hitting 79kg (also in the morning) this becomes your ‘trigger’ to refocus on the ‘straight & narrow’.
Lisa Fitzgibbon is a degree qualified (2006), experienced and registered Naturopath & Medical Herbalist. She runs her own private practice – OOMPH in Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand.
Lisa has been involved in the Natural Health industry for 16 years. She draws on her professional training and experience, as well as her own personal experience to bring you realistic, holistic health advice.Book online