By Jessica Sepel

You are not defined by your weight – yet many people see that number on the scales as a measurement of their self-worth. This obsession increases your cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and makes weight loss and maintenance difficult.

I used to be there. I’d see that silly number on the scale as a reflection of my self-esteem and insecurity. All that worry did me zero good – in fact, it was a huge stressor.

If you weigh yourself and don’t like the number you see, you’re likely to feel less motivated to make healthy choices. You might write the rest of the day off, and self-berate or emotionally overeat. It’s a toxic cycle that breaks down that relationship with food and your body.

Throw out the scales.

It’s such a simple, yet super powerful tool that will help you heal your relationship with your body and food. Especially if you’re working on building up your self confidence, body love or working on any insecurity. Give your body a chance to balance out, and stop focusing on your weight so much. It’s not worth it.

When you make a decision to live a balanced, active life, your weight will naturally balance out. It will be much more consistent.

It may go up and down by about 2 kilos due to fluid, hormonal changes, and dehydration. This is normal, but if you’re leading a healthy lifestyle, your body will get back to its ideal weight soon enough. (Remember, muscle weighs more than fat! Your healthy body may weigh more than you think it *should*)

So, my advice is to give up the scales for at least 3 months, you will be amazed at what happens. Suddenly your body relaxes, your relationship with food starts to settle down and anxiety decreases – this all helps you feel much more connected to your body.

The pressure of numbers and scales is incredibly taxing and exhausting on the body.

Rather, give thanks for your body and everything it does for you on a daily basis (it really is incredible!), and monitor your body by how your clothes fit. Let that be your gauge.

Remember, obsessing = stressing, and stress (cortisol) = fat storage.