For so long, so many women have measured their self worth by a number on the scale. But the tide is slowly turning and the #ScrewTheScale movement on social media is inspiring evidence of that.
The empowering hashtag has been used over 25,000 times, with women posting before and after images contradicting the commonly held belief that less kilograms equals health and happiness.
Yep, these women appear more fit after gaining weight, and many share their experiences of not only transforming how they looked, but how they felt.
“To the left I was weighing 166 pounds (75kgs) and the other day I realised from going down to 140 (63kgs) i’m back up to 166, that this time it looks a little different,” @letler writes. “While I lost those 30 pounds (on accident by the way) I always focused on performance goals. Whether I wanted to increase my cardiovascular or just increase my strength. Focusing on performance goals with proper nutrition of course, the weight melted off and got put back on in lean muscle without even focusing on the numbers!”
@letler "To the left I was weighing 166 pounds (started at 170) and the other day I realized from going down to 140 im back up to 166, that this time it looks a little different ?? While I lost those 30 pounds (on accident by the way) I always focused on performance goals. Whether I wanted to increase my cardiovascular or just increase my strength. Focusing on performance goals with proper nutrition of course, the weight melted off and got put back on in lean muscle without even focusing on the numbers!! Find yourself some performance goals and stop worrying about those numbers (with proper nutrition of course)! ??"
@deeper_than_muscles captioned her before and after image: “A lower weight does not equate to being healthier: I weighed 15lbs (9kgs) less in the first picture than I do now. This is for multiple reasons. I leaned out, losing fat but gaining muscle, and since muscle weighs more than fat– the number on the scale increases. #bonusfact, the more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism works 24/7. So…. #screwthescale.”
There are many things to emphasize about these two pictures. 1) A lower weight does not equate to being healthier: I weighed 15 lbs less in the first picture than I do now. This is bc: I leaned out, losing fat but gaining muscle, and since muscle weighs more than fat- the number on the scale increases. #bonusfact, the more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism works 24/7. Byyeee scale!!! (in our guide we explain other ways to measure progress) 2) Cardio is necessary for the heart and lung benefits and is a great way to lean out, however simply doing ONLY loads of cardio will only help you lose weight and not actually tone and build your muscles. By lifting weights our bodies have to work harder to tear and rebuild muscle afterwards, making us burn calories post-workout. In the 1st pic I would go to the gym and jog on the treadmill for 1-2 hours at a time, 6-7 days a week- now I spend 45-1hr in the gym 5 days a week. #TrainSmarterNotHarder 3) In the 1st pic I had a restricted diet. I would basically eat way less than my body needed, trying to lose weight, only to binge on everything the second I lost self- control. I saw food as the enemy. I felt guilty when I would eat food on my "cheat day" and binge often since my body wasn't getting enough protein and would crave sugary treats. In the 2nd pic- food is my friend. I eat a lot and eat intuitively. I don't believe in cheat meals. I fill my body with nutritious, wholesome foods and enjoy treats when I want them (guilt-free) because I know that living life & enjoying chocolate will not ruin my progress. 4) Look at how I'm standing in the 2nd pic. In the 1st pic I have horrible posture, mostly because I was so self-conscious about my body (DISCLAIMER: there was NOTHING wrong with my body in the first picture. NOTHING wrong) but there is something wrong with having 0 confidence and a horrible body image. In the 2nd pic I'm standing tall & proud…bc I'm proud of the body I built and thankful God gave me a strong, healthy body. **Buy our 12 week lifting guide + self-esteem development guide + tons of recipes today!!! [LINK IN BIO]**
“Growing up I was ruled by the scales thinking weight was directly correlated to health,” @healthybyfifty said. “I was so wrong.”
@victoria.malmbbg writes: 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.
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
“If you’d told that girl on the left that she would gain 6 kgs she would have been devastated, @imrececen writes. “‘6kgs?!? Won’t that turn me into a fat monster?'” Yet here I am 6kgs heavier but also more confident than ever!”
#Repost @imrececen ・・・ FROM SKINNY TO CONFIDENT! If you'd told that girl on the left that she would gain 6 kgs she would have been devastated? "6kgs?!? Won't that turn me into a fat monster?"? Yet here I am 6kgs heavier but also more confident than ever!?? ?? . I've been getting lots of questions about losing weight and I'm more than happy to help! That's why I'm working on a youtube series!? Cause no I can't tell you all you need to know in 1 short message. It's very very important that you understand what you're doing! ? . Nowadays it seems like almost every "fitgirl" has had some sort of eating disorder. Sadly lots of us go to extremes to then realise how unhappy and insecure we still are? Cause no, changing your body isn't suddenly going to make you love yourself! Reaching your goal body isn't the answer to all your problems!?? . As long as you're unhappy with yourself you'll always find something that isn't "good enough". You'll keep on knocking yourself down over and over again. It's so sad how we seem to be our own worst enemies? . So yes I'll help you reach your goals but you should know that the journey is not only about physical progress!?? It's the change that comes from within that matters the most! . Look at that girl on the left. She'd lost about 13kgs was almost a size 0, reached her "goals" but she looks so unhappy and insecure. ? . I had to become even skinnier and ate less and less. Then I stared binge eating and I'd eat thousands of calories in under and hour??? The next day I would make up by barely eating. That's not what you want right? ? . That's why I find it important that you understand the basics of what you're doing. Cause if you do you can easily eat chocolate & reach your goals at the same time??? You don't need magic pills to reach your goals, you don't need to ban all your favourite foods?? You just need a basic understanding and most importantly: you need to be kind to yourself!❤ . Love yourself for you are already beautiful! A size more or less won't change that much. A happy mind will make you shine brighter than ever before! Don't weight till you reach your "goalbody" to shine??SHINE THAT LIGHT!! SHINE
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