Here is my list for and against standing on the scales.
- I will have concrete evidence whether I am gaining or losing weight
- I will be motivated to be more disciplined when I face up to the large number I am expecting
- I will instantly want to go back into 'dieting' mode
- I will be depressed about the number and hate myself instead of loving myself
- The scales lie, so scale gains/losses is not concrete evidence of how my nutrition is affecting my body fat levels
- I will restart the starve/binge cycle
- I will prioritize how I look over how I feel
- I will become a slave to the number
Going back on a calorie restricted diet has never helped me get to my goal weight and stay there. No matter how I approach it, I always end up in rebound binge world.
Giving up counting calories and weighing myself is unfamiliar, uncomfortable and frightening but if it works in the long run then I will be so much better off. As each day passes, I learn to listen to my body and hunger signals a little bit more.
This is how naturally thin people eat and it works for them, so there is no reason why it can't work for me.
- What is your strategy for making decisions when you are confused?
- Can you see the merit in both sides of any argument?
- Do you maintain your 'ideal body' by counting calories and/or weighing yourself?
- Are naturally thin people just genetic freaks
that we hate?