Breaking Up With The Scale

It seems innocent enough, sitting there on the bathroom floor waiting for you to step on it. But, your scale may be causing you more harm than good! Why?

·       The scale cannot tell you anything about your heart health, endurance, or cardiovascular capacity.

·       The scale does not take into account body type; in fact, your waist circumference is a much better measure than your weight when it comes to understanding health risks like diabetes and heart disease. (Note: it should be less than 40 inches for men and less than 35 inches for women.)


·       The scale can’t account for your muscle mass or body fat; as you get more fit and build lean muscle mass, your weight may go up (even though you’re looking fab!).

·       The scale is a self-esteem wrecker and can ruin an otherwise great day if you don’t see a “good” number (even though in reality our weight fluctuates by up to 5 pounds every day).


·       The scale encourages you to measure yourself against other people or “ideal” numbers that may be unrealistic for you. Kristen Bell said it best: “I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size … Comparison is one long, agonizing death and does not interest me at all.”

So, what can you do instead of weighing yourself? Focus on increasing your strength with new challenges at the gym. Visualize yourself in a goal outfit. Try new fruits and vegetables. Dance your heart out at a Zumba® class. Keep doing you as you work toward your healthiest, happiest self.

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Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com.

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