Let’s talk about weight.
If you follow me on IG you probably see me use the hashtag “strong not skinny” from time to time.
I’ve never really had an eating disorder, but that’s a popular one among those in recovery.
Instead, I use it because I think women need to see that message more.
Does that mean I don’t ever weigh myself?
About once a week, I’d say.
I don’t ever recommend my clients weigh themselves, though.
Some days I try hard NOT to weigh myself, because I don’t want an erroneous number to impact my life in any way.
Other days, the curiosity gets me.
When does weight matter?
- When you’re sick
Your weight can actually give you a clue about your overall inflammation. If you’ve been working out, eating “right”, and all that jazz but your weight is steadily increasing or staying the same—it’s a sign of systemic inflammation.
It may have even started as gut inflammation and then evolved.
Either way, if you think the scale should be moving, but it’s not you may some underlying issue going on.
- When you’re dehydrated
If you’re starting out on the ketogenic diet or haven’t cycled out of ketosis in a while you may weigh less due to dehydration. Carbohydrates help you store water because of their chemical structure, so in the absence of carbohydrates you may need to pay extra attention to your electrolyte consumption.
You may also just have gotten dehydrated from working out without adequately hydrating. In the summer months this is especially easy to do. Same with athletes and fitness instructors.
- During pregnancy
To be honest, your weight during pregnancy isn’t THE most important thing, by a long shot. You don’t need to gain exactly according to some USDA chart or a certain amount per trimester.
However, weight can be an indicator of risk for the mom and the baby if it deviates wildly from expectations. Low or high gestational weight should only be considered if there is some other health concern present with it, in my opinion.
- If you lose weight without changing anything at all
It’s certainly possible to lose a couple of pounds within 24 hours just from being less stressed or outside more… diet and exercise are not the only things that modulate weight.
In fact, I’d argue things like hormonal imbalance, stress, the type of light you’re exposed to, and the amount of time you spend in contact with the Earth are all more impactful on your weight than diet or exercise.
Having said that, if you haven’t changed ANYTHING at all… that means same routine, same stress, same food, same relationship status, same work flow, etc and you see you’re losing weight… you should take notice.
- If you’re overweight, and also have other metabolic risk factors
Weight, alone, wouldn’t mean anything without something else going on in conjunction. An example would be if you’re overweight AND you have high blood glucose or high waist-to-height ratio or high waist-to-hip ratio.
Then it’s fairly obvious to say that weight means something here. In this case, your body is mounting some type of defense mechanism and the result is weight-gain.
Your toxins are stored in your fat cells, like all other animals. When your toxin load increases, your body has to make adjustments in response to it. Dysregulated blood glucose, fat-gain, and abnormally distributed fat all are either direct or indirectly related to your body’s defense response.
When does weight not matter?
If you’re within 10lbs of your ideal body weight and you don’t feel sick, tired, or moody then weight shouldn’t matter at all.
If you’re concerned about your weight solely because you want to look thinner, you’re focused on the wrong thing.
…but if you’re focused on your weight because you know you used to feel better when you weighed less, then that’s worth understanding.
What you have to understand, though, is that it’s not the weight that is the problem.
It’s the underlying cause that made you gain weight that’s important.
Focus on finding the root cause of your inflammation and you’ll be able to lose the weight as a side-effect.
That’s the way it should be.
In the meantime…
Focus on loving your body because it’s trying really hard to take care of you.