But here’s an important reminder from someone in the know (aka former Biggest Loser trainer Tiff Hall). “Progress comes in more than kilos.”
“Over the years, I’ve seen unhealthy relationships with the scales do some serious damage,” she captioned a recent Instagram post. “I’ve seen it cause anxiety, fuel self doubt, diminish confidence, even decide self worth. How did we get here?” she continued. “The truth is, weighing ourselves is ingrained in us.”
Tiff believes this habit is one many of us were encouraged to pick up as children.
“Something we grew up seeing adults do; something that the health industry has pushed since day dot.”
And although she acknowledges that wanting to drop a dress size can be a healthy thing to strive for, an “obsession with the scales” is not.
“In fact, it can hinder your progress by being misleading and affecting your mindset,” she explained. “Weight fluctuates for a myriad of reasons – water consumption, that time of the month, muscle growth – and when that number goes up or stays put despite your hard work, we lose motivation, beat ourselves up and ignore other meaningful milestones.”
So what should we focus on instead, you ask? Tiff recommends measuring:
- How many burpees you can do.
- The dumbbells you can lift.
- The energy you feel.
- The confidence you gain.
“Milestones that should be celebrated and proof that you are moving in the right direction, even if the scales say otherwise 🙌” she said.