Are You Obsessed with Your Weight?

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8. You schedule meetings or plan your day around when you will take your next scale reading. For example, you must always be home for your 8 a.m. reading.

9. Constantly ask others if you look fat.

10. Have to pick out different attire if you feel as though you are having what you call a "fat day," or have trouble finding things to wear if the scale posts a high number.

So how do you conquer this obsession? By understanding the basics of health and fitness, and by learning to accept that fit and healthy are better ideals to strive for than "thin." And, by forgetting the old adage that the "scale doesn't lie."

The truth is, the scale DOES lie. Numbers on the scale are just the representation of your mass, and do not determine your overall fitness level or health. Measurements such as BMI (Body Mass Index), waist-to-hip-ratios and body fat percentages are much better indicators of health and fitness than one's weight.

In fact, using what most fitness professionals would consider antiquated weight charts, many professional and elite level athletes would be considered "overweight" or even "obese," when they are actually high-performance, highly-fit and muscular individuals.

So the next time you are faced with an "unpleasant" number on the scale, re-assess yourself using BMI, or take measurements for a body fat percentage calculation. Stay active and exercise, as well as watch what you eat and learn to leave the numbers behind!