“Lose 5kgs in 10 days!”

“I lost 10kgs with this plan!”

“Lose kilos, get healthy!”

Vomit. I call these Vomit Headlines. This relentless focus on weight loss as your ticket to a healthy, attractive body needs to go. Seriously.

I am going to come right out and say it. Ditch the scale. It’s completely useless. I wholeheartedly believe that, unless you suffer from a metabolic disease like obesity everyone out there should take their scale and throw it. Do it. That thing will only drive you crazy.

The fact is, scale weight is meaningless. What does matter is your body composition, and you can make profound changes to your appearance without losing or gaining a kilo of scale weight. When you first start to lift weights, do some high-intensity cardio, and eat nutritious, unprocessed foods, your body becomes a fat burning furnace primed to develop some beautiful muscle. By following my exercise and nutrition principles you will be burning fat and building muscle and on your way to an athletic, functional body.

The scale fails you in that it only shows a number. It does not show you that you have lost centimetres around waist, chiseled your midsection, and toned your arms. Furthermore, your weight can fluctuate quite a bit due to all kinds of factors. From sodium, to carbohydrate intake, to monthly hormonal visitors (girls, you feel me?!).

Focusing solely on this number can prevent you from realising all the progress you have made and you will drive yourself crazy trying to push this number down. A much more sustainable approach comes from shifting your focus away from losing weight and towards changing your appearance.

Can you try that?

Focus on how you feel walking around, the way your clothes fit, the improvements you’re making in your body, and the confidence you are building through taking control of your exercise, nutrition, and recovery.

Do yourself a favour, put that scale in the garbage. Say your goodbyes, it’s time to move on. It’s time to start defining yourself by something more important than a number: the way you look, and the way you feel.

Try having a Dexa scan instead! These scans measure your body fat, muscle mass and bone mass. I do these twice a year.

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