I recently read a great quote by Warren Buffett (the most successful investor in the world):
“In investing, just as in baseball, to put runs on the scoreboard, one must watch the playing field, not the scoreboard.”
I think this applies equally to weight loss. Many people obsess over the weighing scales (the scoreboard) when they should be obsessing about what they are eating (the playing field).
Fixating on the scoreboard of the bathroom scales is just misleading.
Your weight can fluctuate day to day based on any number of factors including hydration, hormones and recent meals. And people tend to get depressed or excited depending on what happens on their scales. “Oh great, I lost 1 pound today” or “Oh no, I gained 1 pound”.
Some people can get so distraught over one bad scales reading that they give up on their weight loss efforts all together.
But I have noticed with my clients, that looking at their food diaries, you can get a great idea of how successful they are with making the changes to their eating to help them lose weight.
In some cases, the clients will be doing everything right with their eating, but getting increasingly concerned that their weight hasn’t budged. However I don’t share their concern, because I know that their food diary is the most important indicator
And sure enough, the good changes that are evident on the food diary, become apparent a few weeks later on the bathroom scales. There is a delay between the good actions and the good results.
The message here is that you need to focus on your eating, not the bathroom scales, because if you take care of what you are eating, the weight will take care of itself.
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