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4 – When the Weight Scale Lies

Dec 16, 2019


In this episode we discuss how the weight scale can by deceiving, and why relying on it too much can mess with your mind. Scott was reminded of this topic by a coaching client check-in from Melissa S. Melissa lost “only” 10 lbs, but the difference in how she looks — and feels — is much more profound.

Melissa's Email:

From: Melissa S
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2019 8:06 AM
Subject: Photo

Thought you might like to see these.

2009 vs 2019
31 vs 41 [age]
156lbs (ish) vs 145lbs (ish)

👉 Running daily vs nearly 9 years of lifting 4-5 days per week
👉 Controlled by exercise & diet vs food/exercise freedom & balance
👉 Obsessed with the scale vs not giving a F about a number

So much I could say, but I’ll leave it at that.

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Scott compared a lot of misreading of biofeedback to thinking that hot or cold foods are what's causing a tooth to hurt, and therefore trying to adjust your diet to never eat hot or cold foods again. Of course, that's not what's happening. What's happening is you have a cavity and need to go to the dentist!

Tune in text week because one of the key concepts are was paying attention to the broad strokes of biofeedback. I.e., don't zoom in on one or two signals your body is telling you. Pay attention to the broad strokes of what your body is telling you, and the wider context in which it's giving those signals. (E.g., Last night you slept poorly, but also you've been really stressed at work and you just had a fight with your spouse. So, sure, maybe it's the diet, but maybe it's actually just… life?)

You can read more about Melissa's transformation here.