Have you ever stepped on the scales only to be left feeling disheartened? We’ve all been there, and I know EXACTLY what that's like. When you’re working towards body composition goals (like weight loss, or building muscle) it can be easy to feel down when you don’t see the typical markers of progress.
I am here to remind you that the number on the scale does NOT define your worth! #LSFBabes I am speaking from experience here. Before becoming a WBFF Bikini World Champion, I was obsessed with my body image. I was undernourished and unhappy. It wasn’t until I ditched the concept that weighing less was important that I could FINALLY become happy and confident in my skin. Now I’m blessed with the opportunity to help empower my #LSFBabes to become confident with their body no matter what the scales say!
Repeat after me: the scales do NOT define my worth!
Bodyweight does NOT always reflect body composition
Scale weight does not always reflect what your body composition is - the scales don’t tell us how much body fat or muscle mass you have, or even where fat or muscle is distributed in the body. Without knowing your body fat percentage or muscle mass percentage, overall weight has very little relevance. Yes, you can buy at-home scales that claim to tell you these things, but the results are usually always inaccurate. The number on the scale is simply just another piece of data!
Building body confidence is not a linear journey, but it’s about learning to love and embrace your body at each stage.
Many factors affect scale weight
Weighing yourself is not a reliable measure of your body composition because there are SO many factors that affect your scale weight! For example, being on your period will likely make you weigh 1-2kg more, but this weight is NOT due to fat gain. It is just temporary due to fluctuations in hormones and the fact you are menstruating. Other factors that affect scale weight is hydration, bowel regularity, fluid retention, and medication usage. Remember this the next time you are hard on yourself about your weight!
Celebrate other wins!
Instead of letting a number on a scale dictate your happiness, celebrate other wins, like how you FEEL! If you are eating well, and training regularly, you should be feeling strong and happy! If you feel amazing, you will feel more confident and have a happier outlook on life – that’s ALL that matters! Contrary to popular belief, you CAN still get shredded whilst maintaining a social life. Life is meant to be enjoyed!
If you want to track your body composition, it is much easier and more effective to take photos of your progress each week, or every few weeks. This way, you can literally see the changes in your body instead of relying on a scale to falsely mislead you into thinking you haven't made progress! You can also take measurements like waist circumference if you’d like to track improvements of a particular body part! The progress tracking feature in the LSF app will allow you to simply upload your photos and measurements each week!
So ladies, don’t let the scale dictate how you feel about yourself. Your happiness and confidence is FAR more important than a number on a scale. If you ever need a little pick-me-up, #LSFBabes have always got each other’s backs. I am so grateful for the incredible community we have built together, and we want YOU to be a part of it!