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MAKE THE SCALE YOUR BEST FRIEND

by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | August 9th, 2015

MAKE THE SCALE YOUR BEST FRIEND

Most people look at the scale as their enemy. They are afraid to get on the scale because they are afraid of the weight they are going to see. They are heavier each time they come to their physician’s office.

If you have signed up for my challenge, you will know that the first challenge is to take off your clothes and look at yourself butt naked. Love the person you are today. By loving yourself, miraculous things begin to happen. You begin to be mindful of what you are doing and what you are putting in your body.

When it comes to your weight, think of success as not necessarily losing weight, but not gaining any weight.  This is called weight maintenance. Studies have shown that people who check their weight regularly tend not to gain weight and may even lose weight.

One strategy to help with weight maintenance is changing your relationship with the scale from enemy to best friend. I have a scale that is in my bathroom.

I wake up in the morning, pray, brush my teeth, meditate, take off my clothes, and then stand on my scale.

I have a five pound range that I stick to. If my weight is closer to the lower end of that range, I probably will eat dessert that day along with my three meals. I might not exercise as vigorously. If my weight is closer to the upper range of the five pounds, I will stick to my 3 meals, cut down on my portion size and will not have a dessert. I will definitely be exercising more that day. I become even more mindful of what I am eating that day.

It is just too hard to get on the scale every 6 – 12 months and see ten extra pounds. You get discouraged and frustrated. By making the scale your best friend, you always know where you stand. You will not see that extra ten pounds or more because you have been keeping in touch with your friend.

 

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