When it comes to fitness and nutrition information most women are looking for information on weight loss. But what is weight? And does weight really matter?
The Science of Weight
Weight is often a sensitive matter, but it shouldn’t be. It’s merely a measurement of force produced based on the earth’s gravitation pull and the mass of an object.
In the case of a this mass is made up of our skeleton, brain, internal organs, muscle, fat, the food you’ve recently eaten, and a lot of water.
Weight and height are used to determine body mass. The body mass index (BMI) is a measurement that is often used as a predictor of health and risk of disease.
However, someone that has a lot of muscle and low body fat can have the same weight and body mass as a person with low amounts of muscle and high body fat.
So does weight actually determine health?
No, not really.
In fact researchers have determined that being overweight can reduce all cause mortality and that obesity grade 1 had no effects on all cause mortality. Putting this in actual English you’re less likely to have negative health consequences that will kill you being overweight then normal weight as defined by BMI. However, this study did not look at body composition, only BMI.
The Social Effect of Weight
What defines beauty?
Look at most magazines and you’ll see that women are told they need to be smaller. To fit an ideal body image.
Unfortunately, these ideal body images are not realistic for most women. You can see in this article from Huffington Post the different standards of beauty around the world. Interestingly, most of the designers were women.
It’s important to remember that the images used to advertise most products are photoshopped. So there is no comparison with bodies in the real world.
We don’t have makeup artists and hair stylist in our daily lives. We don’t have a portable spray tan booth for every day life. And we definitely don’t live our lives through the lens of a professional photographer that can get all the right angles.
We need to move out of the comparison trap in regards to weight and body image. There is no way that real life can compare with marketing images.
Another point is that the standard of beauty and ideal weight or body type changes over time. You can check out this BuzzFeed Video that is super cool and shows the change in desirable body type over time.
Weight Doesn’t Matter
The most important point is that weight is just a measurement tool. It’s a number, cold hard data and that’s it.
Weight is not a measure of your value! Therefore, it is also not a measure of your self-worth.
In the same vein, if you know that you have issues with weighing yourself, don’t. If it drives you crazy and ruins your whole mindset, skip it. There are other ways to assess your progress that can be used instead.
Learn to Disconnect from It
Knowing that weight is only a number is the first part of the process.
Further you need to realize that there are many factors that affect it. Like water retention, the food you eat, time of the month, and evacuation.
Just realize that there are more important determinants to your progress and well-being than weight. For instance:
- How are you feeling?
- Do you have plenty of energy?
- Do you feel drained?
- How are you sleeping?
- How are your cravings?
- How are your clothes fitting?
- How are your workouts going?
Something that’s really interesting to try that will give you a perspective is to get up weigh yourself, then use the bathroom and do it again. Do this through out the day and if you have a really sensitive scale you can track your progressions. I’m not saying to do this all the time, it’s just interesting to a numbers geek like me.
I’ve done this and you will actually weigh more right after waking up than you do an hour later without anything coming into or exiting your body. You even sometimes weigh more after a shower.
Okay, enough rambling about random unscientific experiments, I want to hear from you. Does weighing yourself drive you nuts? Or do you see it as only a measurement tool? Share in the comments below.