Do you habitually weigh yourself daily? Are you anxiously waiting to see if the number is a little different today, praying the pizza last night didn’t inflict too much damage? Do you measure your fat percentage on some slick scale hoping the ketogenic diet is working? Look, it’s great to have a system to know if you’re within designated, personal parameters. However, the mercurial nature of weight may often lead to increased stress and anxiety; or some blend of self-loathing, shame, tension, and guilt- all of which increases oxidative stress in your body. (Ironically enough, oxidative stress can actually worsen weight status).
Consider tabling the micromanaging and shift to kinder approaches of self-monitoring. The following are a few ideas to initiate a paradigm shift on how you look at your health:
Shannon is a registered dietitian and functional nutritionist with a penchant for provocative topics, almond butter, and local theater.