The scale does not lie, oh but it does. It makes me so frustrated when I hear clients or even friends say that the have been watching what they eat and exercising and have not lost any weight. So they are going to take some pill or do some diet that cost $400 or $500 a month. The thing about your weight on the scale is it is irrelevant. In my practice, I am weigh my clients once in awhile or not at all. Your weight depends on many different things, it could be the time of the day, day of the week, time of year, hormones, water retention or medications. If you weigh what the charts say you need to weigh; but do it by starving yourself or eliminating important food groups, you can still not be healthy.
Recently I saw an interview with Rosie O'donnell, she was speaking about her recent weight loss. I was so impressed with her, she was saying that after her heart attack last year her doctors told her she needed to change her lifestyle because she is lucky she is alive. She said that she changed the way she eats and exercises now. She said that it more about being healthy not how much weight she is losing. She said that there may be months where she only loses a half a pound and she is ok with that.
I think that a lot of people have forgotten what is important in all this. It is not about the number on the scale, it is about being healthy. We have become a society that is obsessed with appearances, selfies, and needing validation from others about how we look. I am not saying that I don't love cute clothes, shoes and purses; but I know that I will never look like the women on the front of fitness or shape magazine and I have come to grips with that. I focus more on the accomplishes that I have made. Such as, finishing a half marathon, doing a triathlon or even how many pushes that you can do.
The important thing that you always need to remember is that it is about your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels being normal; feeling good, preventing cancer and other preventable diseases. I am not saying it is ok to be obese or overweight; but you need to not focus on the number on the scale, it is about being healthy.