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Kara Ghiringhelli,

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Kara Ghiringhelli, Department of Public Health 

 

Kara is a Nutrition Education Specialist at DPH.

The scale—most of the people I know have a love-hate relationship with the scale. There’s a moment of anticipation as you approach it. Will I be happy or will I be sad? Did all my efforts this week pay off? Without a doubt there will be days the scale points in your favor and days you will wish you could throw it out the window.

The question becomes, does the scale motivate you to try harder or does the scale discourage you and cause you to give up your weight loss efforts?

Personally, I can tell when I’ve gained weight because my cloths get a bit more snug and I just feel plain sluggish. I don’t own a scale and I never get on the scale when I go to the gym. I for one find the scale to be discouraging. I feel great when I am eating well and exercising. This feeling alone motivates me to continue and motivates me to do even more. If I measure my progress using the scale and my body weight remains the same, I feel bad about myself and that runs me down. So for me, I don’t see the point in using the scale.

But for some, it may be a motivator. Some need to see the numbers to recognize progress or to gauge how they are doing. Everyone is different.

How about you? Do you find the scale motivates you to continue to eat healthy and exercise? What about on those days when the scale doesn’t point in your favor—does that motivate you to try harder? We’d love to hear your thoughts about the scale.

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