Who Needs A Scale? (Eric Lupher)

By: Eric Lupher
By: Eric Lupher

The scale is your enemy before it's your pal.




Hi there. It's been a while. If you've been following our Fit Club blog I want to start by giving you an update on my progress. Five weeks ago I was 198 pounds with 20% body fat. I was considered in fair condition. Now, I'm 15 pounds lighter at 183 pounds and 15% body fat. I am on the brink of excellent condition! Things are going great and boy have I learned some lessons along the way.

That brings me to the topic of this blog "Who needs A Scale?" Five weeks ago when I knew nothing about the "right" way of dieting the scale was my life line. I would get on that thing probably three times a week. It was just two weeks ago when I did that very same thing, even though my trainer, Jerod Langness from 24 Hour Fitness, told me not to. He says not to get on the scale more than once a week. He prefers I only weigh once every two weeks, but that's tough for a lot of us to do. My thought process: If I know what I weigh before my official weigh-in with Jerod (Thursdays), I would know what I would have to do to lose the weight before then.

So, we start with Monday two weeks ago. I got on the scale and it showed that I had gained a couple pounds after Super Bowl Sunday.  So, I didn't eat as much that day (which came back to haunt me). Then, I weighed the next day; no difference. So again, I didn't eat as much. Long story short, my official weigh-in on Thursday didn't go well. I gained a pound. I asked my trainer, "I barely ate. What happened?" Jerod told me barely eating was the problem. At this point I was shocked. Before having the luxury of a trainer, all I did to lose weight was practically starve myself. So, Jerod made me promise to eat four to six small meals a day. In return he promised me results. All last week I kept to my promise. I continued to exercise four days a week. I never faltered when it came to logging my food and monitoring my calorie intake with my Bodybugg (which counts how many calories I burn 24/7). Most importantly, I never got on the scale!

All of the sudden, it was time for my official weigh-in again. I lost four pounds! Lesson learned I guess! I sat down with Jerod after the big success and talked about the results from my latest weigh-in to the previous one where I gained a pound. The explanation quickly became clear. Jerod said that I mentally ruined my program during the week I had gained. He believed it had a lot to do with the scale. "When you saw that you had gained over Super Bowl weekend, you tried to create a quick fix," said Jerod. "So, you over trained and starved yourself to compensate." Jerod went on to say that it isn't about what I do one day in particular, it's about what I do in the long term. He gave me a really good analogy for this that I want to share with you. Jerod compared the scale to a football game. He said that if you just play the game (weighing yourself) without practicing for the game itself you will never improve. In other words, by me getting on the scale too often and then going to extremes to see results, I'm just playing the game without any preparation beforehand. Here's the bottom line; if you stay on top of your calories in/calories out ratio, eat four to six meals a day and stay on top of working out, the results will happen. The scale shouldn't even matter. I'm a perfect example, if you do get on the scale too much, chances are you will alter your plan to get results. Believe me, all that will do is set you back.

I hope this helps!

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