In a world where our social media feeds are chock-full of pictures flaunting weight loss, it's refreshing to see a new trend celebrating health, regardless of the number on the scale. Instagrammers all across the board are using the hashtag #ScrewTheScale to show that good health shouldn't be measured by numbers, but rather by a person's ability, endurance, and strength.
4 months progress . . . Screw the scale, seriously. I understand it's the only good way to measure in sports and when people are sick with life threatening diseases. But for a normal person living a normal life like myself, you don't need that kind of negativity. Because it will never make you feel good. Maybe one day when you "lost" 2 kg you feel amazing and oh so fit and lean. But then two days later you've gained them back and you don't understand why and you start feeling fat. Could be fluid, could be a poop, could be the fact that you gained some muscle, could be your period, could be anything other than actual body fat. This is insane but it's true. It's been controlling my mind for so long, but now, looking at these two pictures, I'm over it. I feel so good and healthy, I feel fit and strong. I don't feel fat and I don't feel sluggish like I did 4 months ago. I feel great. #screwthescale #rantover
The empowering hashtag, which has been used over 25,000 times, shows photos of women who appear more fit and toned after gaining weight—highlighting an important misconception about weight loss and fitness. (Related: This Fitness Blogger Proves Weight Is Just a Number)
Fact: I have now completed 1.5 years of @kayla_itsines phenomenal #bbg program . Fact: I cannot do maths to save my life so originally thought I had done 2 years and then after sitting down and destroying my brain in calculations rainman style, I realised it was actually 1.5 . Fact: I was only eating about 1200 calories and extremely low protein when I first started #bbg and so it took me longer to see results in the beginning - now I eat about 1800-2000 and high protein and when I started doing this I started seeing my best results . Fact: I gained 4kg during my #bbgjourney and have never felt better #screwthescale . Fact: BBG has improved my posture but more importantly it has improved my confidence and that is what makes me put my shoulders back and hold my head high . Fact: @kayla_itsines and @tobi_pearce are geniuses and their combination of #liss, #hiit and #resistance is in my humble opinion FIRE for getting lean and toned . Fact: When you work hard at something, you feel good, and when you work hard on yourself, you feel AMAZING
While we are programmed to believe that gaining a few pounds is cause for concern, factors like water retention and muscle gain often come into play. When you start to change your body composition through your workouts, your weight may increase, while your body fat percentage may decrease, Jeffrey A. Dolgan, a clinical exercise physiologist previously told us.
Fat vs muscle ... I know I may sound repetitive but sometimes I need to compare same weight pictures to remind myself that I've come a long way even though the scale might not say so. I'm definitely not my leanest, but hey having abs every day just isn't realistic, but becoming stronger, building muscle, and becoming your best self is, so this is your reminder to keep going no matter where you're at in the journey. Small changes lead to big results even if that scale isn't changing #screwthescale @kayla_itsines
"Sometimes I need to compare same weight pictures to remind myself that I've come a long way even though the scale might not say so," explained one fitness Instagrammer who used the hashtag. "I'm definitely not my leanest, but hey having abs every day just isn't realistic, but becoming stronger, building muscle, and becoming your best self is, so this is your reminder to keep going no matter where you're at in the journey."
A trend that emphasizes overall health and wellness over weight? That's something we can all get behind.