Does your morning ritual involve getting up out of bed and immediately jumping on the weighing scale?
If so then you are probably like thousands and perhaps hundreds of thousands of people across the globe who are obsessed with how much they weigh.
Of course if you are overweight or obese then you are putting your life at risk as the chances of developing those life-threatening conditions are increased.
The problem is that your weight is just is number and does not necessarily mean that you are fit or unfit, healthy or unhealthy.
Here are some reasons why you should probably lose the weighing scale:
#1: Weighing scales are not an accurate measure
Using a weighing scale to determine how healthy you are is pointless as it does not show your body composition, for example the percentage of fat and muscle present.
Also, your weight will fluctuate daily depending on a variety of factors. Should you really be putting so much trust in a piece of metal and plastic?
#2: You are letting it control your emotions
Do you find that you are often upset after you have stood on the scale and have realised that you have gained weight or not lost as much as you wanted?
If this is the case then you are not doing your chances of losing a few pounds and inches any good.
When you are upset or stressed then your cortisol levels will increase, which will cause you to experience food cravings.
If you succumb to these cravings then the chances of slimming down will reduce.
So what should you be looking at?
What I would suggest you look at is how much body fat you have. This is a better way to tell if you are putting your life at risk.
Research has shown that those with excess belly fat are those at most risk of developing these health conditions, so instead of worrying about the numbers on the scale perhaps try looking at the bigger picture.
A good way to gauge your results is to use a tape measure and to see how many inches you have lost from various parts of your body.
Another good gauge is to simply take photos or to look in a mirror, you will be able to see for yourself how your body is changing if you have stuck diligently to your diet and exercise regime.