How a Numberless Scale is Effective in Helping You Lose Weight

The scale of the future does not have numbers or dials. It doesn’t send you an email update or sound a disappointing noise when you’ve gained weight. The scale of the future will not scream at you with bright flashing numbers when you’ve come home after a long night out ordering fully loaded nachos with your friends – only for you to eat them all yourself. It knows when you’ve done this, of course. It just doesn’t tell you in the same way. 

Numberless scales are all the rage right now. Why not choose a numberless scale when you don’t have to deal with the dwelling anxiety of seeing the number fluctuate? The question is, are they really as efficient as a traditional scale?

Let’s go through how a numberless scale is effective in helping you lose weight:

A Stress-Free Approach

Even if you can’t relate, we all know someone afraid of stepping on a scale for fear of seeing a disheartening number. With a numberless scale, however, this issue is a bygone. No numbers mean no scale anxiety. 

It’s formally called gravitophobia, the fear of stepping on the scale. Doctors explain that this fear tends to affect those who believe that weight management involves strict control. And in leading that strict lifestyle that person might indulge (for instance, devour a pint of ice cream after a bad day). Then suddenly, that person wants nothing to do with the scale. Unfortunately, often one’s perception of what they weigh, and the reality are very different – and no one wants bad news. By avoiding seeing a number, an individual can avoid having to make certain behavioural changes. 

People don’t need one more thing in their day to bring them down. Swapping a traditional scale to a numberless one means a stress-free approach to weight management! It is more motivating to receive good (or bad news) less intensely, and in a way that will make you truly understand how you’re progressing in your journey. 

Building Healthy Habits

Some providers, such as Shapa, provide features offered in a personalized app. The Shapa app works to integrate healthy behaviors into your daily routine. Shapa Color, Shapa’s alternative to a number, simplifies your body’s natural weight fluctuations with an easy-to-understand 5-color feedback system, so you get the feedback you need to succeed. Shapa colors go as follows:

  • Green: You are maintaining your weight.
  • Teal: You are losing a little bit.
  • Blue: You are steadily losing.
  • Light gray: You are gaining a little bit.
  • Dark gray: You are steadily gaining.

Badges, personalized missions and eating logs are just a few other features that are offered in the hope’s to keep you coming back day and day again to ‘weigh’ in! Created by behavioral economist and professor, Dan Ariely, the Shapa system focuses on forming habits rather than metrics that won’t influence you to reach your goal.

Receiving the Real Data

The truth is, calories count. Whether you’re counting them or not. Counting calories may work in the short term. Still, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll need to build your lifestyle around your goals – and that has nothing to do with calories and everything to do with empowering yourself with knowledge and getting into better habits!

The problem with conventional scales is that they display a number. Based on whether this number is higher or lower than the previous day’s number, you decide if you’re winning at life or failing at it miserably. Never mind all the factors that can cause a heavier scale reading like:

  • Eating more carbs than usual the day before
  • Eating more salt than usual the day before
  • A particularly tough workout the day before
  • Being constipated
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Poor sleep

The factors I just listed greatly affect your water levels – which comprise 70% of the human body! On a day-to-day basis, the scale does not tell you if you have gained fat or lost it. It’s much more indicative of how much water you’ve gained or lost. Not very helpful, right? Right – especially when you see your weight jumped up 5 pounds and now you’re dealing with battling the thoughts in your head of how many calories you’re going to have to cut to shred them off. 

The only way to really know if you’re losing weight is to track your trends over time. Are you on an upward trajectory? Downward? Remaining constant? But who has time for that?

The good thing about the increase in technology these days is that with these numberless scales comes amazing AI that can track all of this for you! There’s no better way to set yourself up for success than by hopping on your scale and the correlated app in the morning and being pointed in the right direction. Consistently work on improving your behaviors, and before you know it you’ll be feeling and seeing a major difference.

At the end of the day, do you care about what the number on the scale is, or do you just want to look and feel great? The latter it is!

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