How To Let Go of 'Mirror & Scale' Obsession

ITV Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha recently showed what a difference lighting and posing can make. Both of these images where taken on the same day just after each other. And, unsurprisingly, she weighed the same amount on the scales in each one!

Nadia said:

"All I did was change the lighting and the pose, and look at the difference. I work everyday at being more accepting of my beautiful warts and body. It is what it is, and I love it for being in good health and for birthing my babies."

Comments of support came flooding in:

“ You look amazing in both”

“ Love this! What a beautiful lady you are… you’re an inspiration to us all”.

So, why then, do so many of us have this obsession with how we look in the mirror, in the camera and with what the scales say? Are you one of those people that get's up each day, or at least once a week, and weighs yourself straight away. Does your weight then determine how you’ll feel for the rest of the day and how your day will ultimately go? Lose a pound and on goes your favourite outfit kind of thing!!


Ya know why? If the scale is the ruler of your happiness, it’s going to be a long and windy road! Especially if you start weight or bodyweight training! You see, muscle is denser than fat and therefore scales are not a true depicter of how you are doing. 

The scale is reality, but that doesn’t mean it knows how much fat and muscle you have on your body. (If you have to do anything, then body measurements would be far more accurate by the way to track your progress!) The number will fluctuate continually anyway; if you’ve just eaten, you’re wearing heavier clothes or you’ve had a glass of water… there’s so many things to consider. Plus, most scales just aren't that accurately built!

So you might weigh less, but your clothes could feel tight and you might not feel so energetic—as opposed to weighing a few pounds more and lookin’ bangin’ in your new pair of jeans!

And, if you still don’t listen to me and continue to use those scales, well… take it as a reminder that it is simply the number you are on the day you weigh, but that number is not permanent. GO YOU!

Nadia says:

'Warning! Woman showing cellulite!' before showing how lighting and mirrors can be deceptive in regards to Instagram pictures"

So, instead, try to remember that a healthy lifestyle and exercising is all about feeling good. And that means making sure that you’re being active and eating well and manage to maintain this consistently within your lifestyle. It’s about being happy and feeling confident in yourself.

If you want to learn more about becoming healthier and happier then you can sign up for free to our 7 minutes a day exercise, nutrition and wellbeing programmes HERE.

Ditch those scales, mirrors and instagram selfies and go for feeling great instead!

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