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5 Reasons Why You should STOP Focusing on the Number on the Scale

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I’m about to give you 5 reasons why you should stop focusing on the number on the scale but first I’m going to tell you a little something about that number…IT DOES NOT DEFINE YOUR SELF WORTH! Remember that.

Why I hate the scale…

I gotta tell you I flip the Mo-Fo off every damn time I step on it. I hate it. That damn number is higher than it’s been and it can really piss me off. I decided to REALLY tell it to “F” off and show it who’s boss by taking the 5 reasons below more serious than any number on a scale. That number says nothing about my HEALTH!

So here are my 5 reasons why you should stop focusing on the number on the scale.



  1. The scale does not show your health

The scale cannot tell you what your cholesterol is, nor can it tell you what your blood pressure is. These are numbers we need to be more focused on. Those numbers, not the scale numbers, will tell you whether or not your health is at risk.

We’re so worried about whether or not that number goes up, goes down or stays the same that we have lost sight of what true health really is.

2. It can emotionally play games with you

Let’s face it if you’re anything like I used to be that number can make or break your whole day. It can make you think you are failing at your “DIET” ( I hate that word, DIETS SUCK ) and make you want to throw in the towel at anything you are trying to do to make that number look different when you hop on that scale. It can really play with your mind.

Did you know that your weight can actually fluctuate daily? It can all depend on a lot of factors. Are you bloated?  Did you drink a lot of water or did you just eat? Did you poop?  Is it that time of the month??? Your weight is going to fluctuate more than the stock market and that is totally okay.

3. It says nothing about your body composition

You can weight a solid 120 and have over 30% body fat. NOT HEALTHY!! It’s not about that number on the scale. You should be looking more at the amount of body fat you have verses muscle tone. You can weight 180 pounds and have a low percentage of body fat and BE HEALTHY, even if you think your scale is telling you different.

We are so busy striving to fit a certain number on a scale that we have become skinny fat people resulting in the number on the scale being low but our body fat being in an unhealthy category putting us at risk for other health issues down the line.



4. It can become an unhealthy obsession

Put that scale in the corner right now! We are so obsessed with that damn number, weighing ourselves sometimes 3 times a day. I can tell you it will probably be different each time during that day ( See #2 & #3). I would step on that BitC# every time I went into the bathroom and be pissed off. Why?  Was I expecting to lose 5 pounds in a day?

It is so unhealthy for us to obsess over it. It can seriously make you nuts if you let it. SO I dare you right now, put the scale in a 30 day time out. Shove it way back in your closet and do NOT take it out for 30 days. You’ll find that you are not so stressed and anxious about your weight if you do this.

5. It takes the focus off of what is really important

See # 1. There are so many other things you should be focusing on in your life outside a damn number on a scale. It doesn’t define you, yet we let if all too often. It doesn’t say anything about your overall health, yet we allow it to make us think we’re doing something wrong if it doesn’t go down.

Your overall health physically and mentally is so much more important than any number on a scale will ever be.


What if I told you that you can FEEL GOOD about your weight, regardless of what the scale says? I want you to imagine a world where the number on the scale didn’t affect you very much, if at all! Imagine knowing that despite a silly number on the scale, you’re still feeling more energetic, more powerful, stronger, more confident and as an added side effect, you are losing a few inches and pounds! How would that feel?

This is how we should measure our progress, not by a number on the scale.

Look, I’m not saying to never weigh yourself, I’m just saying we need to quit focusing so much on that number and focus more on our overall health and wellness. Sure, weigh yourslels once a month or so and leave it there. I know people who never weigh themselves, they just go by how they feel and how their clothes fit, and of course, check the REAL numbers yearly to see if all of that is in check.



I can tell you that if you are focusing so much on the overall number on the scale or what size you were. You are missing the boat on your health.

Are you a scale junkie? I’d love to know.

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Hey there, I'm Melanie. I help women DITCH THE DIET MENTALITY and reclaim their health through mindful eating, hormone balancing, stress management, and digestive healing.

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