Why the scales don’t always tell the truth about your weight

by Khushboo on March 7, 2016

Hey guys! Hope you all had a fab weekend!  I’m heading to China tomorrow to celebrate my nephew’s first birthday.  This is the ultimate measure of how quickly this past year has flown- wasn’t it just a few months ago when I announced his birth on the blog??  I wasn’t planning to go, but then a little burst of spontaneity last weekend prompted me to book a ticket without much thought.  Cheers to 2016 being the year of less thinking & more doing! 

In other news, yesterday marked exactly 6 years since I moved to Mumbai.  Although Mumbai & London are SO different, I can genuinely say that both cities have their charm- for what Mumbai might lack, it certainly makes up in other areas.  If anything, I’m blessed to be able to have 2 cities to call ‘home’.  More importantly, Mumbai the perfect place for where I need to be in terms of work.  I initially moved to Mumbai to set up a nutritional consulting business and here I am- doing what I intended with K Weigh.  At the rate Mumbai is going in terms of increased awareness of quality nutrition, the opportunities are only increasing.  

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Speaking of K Weigh, I wanted to touch up on an issue that continues to arise with my weight loss clients: prioritising the weighing scale as an indicator of progress.  While I definitely think that there is merit in using the weighing scale to help gauge progress during a weight loss journey, I am also a bit wary of it.  Based on personal experimentation, I’ve noticed my weight can fluctuate up to 4 lbs on any given day.  While that number once had the power to make or break my day, I’ve learned to focus on other measures of progress & celebrate non-scale victories.  Ultimately this approach has only enhanced my progress.  I’ve been wanting to discuss about this more in depth on the blog, but I figured posting it on the The Huffington Post would reach a wider audience, and hopefully help out others who find him-/herself caught up in the numbers game: Why The Scales Don’t Always Tell the Truth About Your Weight.  If you want to continue seeing results, the journey needs to be pleasurable and let’s be honest- it’s hard to enjoy anything that stresses you out.

No questions today but I’d love to hear your thoughts on basing weight loss progress against the scales… 

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Zainab March 7, 2016 at 6:40 pm

I really tend to gauge my progress by the scale.
But– I do feel it can not be it cos I may fit into a smaller size or look slimmer in pics.
With that said, the scale still can decide how my day will be.

Wishing your nephew a very happy first birthday

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Khushboo March 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

Thanks Zainab :)!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick March 7, 2016 at 7:53 pm

I have no scale anymore. Wait, I have one, but it’s broken. Maybe I was too heavy, lol. Seriously, I have no idea when I weighed myself the last time. I love to take pics, check on my clothes and look in the mirror to have a little tracking – in general though I like to FEEL my body and when I feel agile, rested and powerful (and sexy, haha) then all is good. No scale needed. Great inspiring post Khush! Also, absolutely LOVE the spontaneous trip to China – you know I am all about doing instead of talking.

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Khushboo March 18, 2016 at 10:14 am

Love this comment Lucie- it’s all about getting in tune with our bodies and make changes based on how the signals they give us! No piece of equipment can provide better insight!!

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Shashi @ RunninSrilankan March 7, 2016 at 11:41 pm

I don’t know when I replaced the battery in my scale – so nope, I don’t really use it much – the way my clothes fit -to me- is a way better indicator so that’s kind of what I go by. In other news – CONGRATS on your Huffpost article and Happy 6 year Anniversary of living in Mumbai! Here’s wishing K Weigh continued success and growth, Khushboo!

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Khushboo March 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

Thank you so much for your kind sentiments, Shashi!!

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig March 8, 2016 at 1:19 am

Happy Mumbai anniversary! It’s so funny you posted this today as my newsletter this week was about the very same topic. It’s amazing what power the number on the scale can have over someone, but I encourage people to move away from it as a measure of progress for all of the reasons you mentioned. There’s nothing like seeing that crushing defeat on someone’s face when the number isn’t what they hoped.

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Khushboo March 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

Haha I thought the same when I read your newsletter- great minds eh ;)! Your friend is the perfect example of how damaging the scales can be to one’s morale- hope she’s found her groove again!

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Parita @ myinnershakti March 8, 2016 at 2:09 am

Ah the scale. I had such a love-hate relationship with it in my earlier to mid-20s. I still use it to ensure that I’m not too up or too down, but it doesn’t define me the way it used to. The number means not hing, especially when you put it the way you did in your article. Great read, K!

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Khushboo March 18, 2016 at 10:19 am

Thanks so much P! Like you, I use the scales as an indicator just to make sure I don’t suddenly wake up one day 10 lbs heavier. At the same time, I prefer to rely on the fit of my clothes to know when to reign it in!

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Sherly March 9, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Inspiring article. Really a mind freshing one..

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Khushboo March 18, 2016 at 10:19 am

Thanks Sherly!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm

I thought your article on Huffington Post was fabulous. The scale really doesn’t matter and neither does the weight if it doesn’t impact your health.

Have a great time in China. I can’t believe your nephew is 1 already!!!

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Khushboo March 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

Thanks Meg <3! Hope you had a super birthday!

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