Why #screwthescale is the viral hashtag we need, according to this doctor
A new hashtag is sweeping social media and it’s got thousands of people cheering and it’s all about giving the middle finger to the scales.
A hashtag is sweeping across social media and it’s got loads of people cheering.
It’s called #screwthescale and yes, it’s all about giving the middle finger to the scales.
Lindsay Goulet credits herself for creating the movement.
According to her website, Hot Mama Health +Fitness, she created Screw the Scale: Learn to Love Your Body, a six-week fitness program, because she wanted to inspire women to not only exercise but also work on “themselves and on accepting their body, no matter the size, shape or weight.”
And in order to truly love your body, you have to stop caring about the numbers on your scale.
While Screw The Scale is a fitness program, you don’t need to look far to see how widely the hashtag has been embraced.
Images of women are flooding social media (the Instagram account #screwthescale has over 26,000 posts alone).
These images show that, even if the scales show you’ve put on a few kilos, that doesn’t matter.
Lucy Baker, from The Fit Life, is a firm believer in #screwthescale.
The 25 year-old, who lives in Sydney, hadn’t heard of the official Screw the Scale fitness program, but loves the idea of freeing yourself from scale.
A recent post she put on Instagram where she used the hashtag has attracted over 23,000 likes.
“For me personally, I spent the first year of my fitness journey worrying about how much I weighed and comparing myself to others,” she tells body+soul.
“Once I stopped caring so much about the number on the scale and started to relax into this lifestyle, I started to enjoy what I was doing so much more.
“I’m now more healthy than I’ve ever been and can’t remember the last time I weighed myself!”
Screwing the scale is the “best thing” someone can do for their health, says Personal Trainer and Holistic Health Coach, Kylie Anderson.
She’s been advising her clients to ditch their scales for years now.
Scales, she says, “torment people and make people get obsessed with something that isn’t actually guiding them and showing them the true result of their hard work”.
You don’t need numbers on a scale to tell you you’re getting stronger and fitter.
In fact, because muscle weighs more than fat, those numbers often go up when you’re getting stronger, says Anderson.
“… You may see an increase on the scales, which can really make someone feel terrible about themselves, but muscle mass is what you want.”
Clinical Psychologist Dr Lara Winten loves the idea of no longer being a slave to your scale.
She says weighing yourself is a one-dimensional and “controversial” way to quantify health anyway.
“As many medical professionals will attest, body weight certainly does not tell us the whole picture about a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.”
If you want to track your progress on your fitness regime, she says there are a ton of other ways to do that.
You can keep tabs on your mood, energy levels and sleep. You can also look at what you’re capable of. Can you lift more than previously? Are you more flexible? Do you feel more satisfied with your body?
Anderson agrees, saying she asks clients to measure their health through things like sleep quality, energy levels and how their clothes fit.
“These tools are accurate and supportive. They don’t make you feel horrible in any way and that should be what health is all about – empowering yourself.”
Dr Winten says some people do benefit from the motivating effects of weighing themselves. For these individuals, she advises hopping on the scale, at most, once a week.
Any more than that, she says, can lead to “obsessive monitoring”.
Besides, weighing yourself often provides unreliable data, because your body weight fluctuates every day, due to factors like fluid retention and bowel and bladder movements.
“[Scales are] too unpredictable and not accurate [enough] for it to be a means of determining how well you are doing.”
For that reason – and many more – she recommends chucking your scales out altogether.
If you do that, she says, you’ll feel “free” from the ups and downs of constantly checking whether you’ve gained or lost a little bit here and there.
“Take responsibility and empower yourself with tools that will support you on your health journey, not make you feel bad about yourself.”
So what do you say? Are you ready to join the masses and #screwthescale?