Relax Don’t Do It!

Moral of this story…. dont stress out about stupid ass readings on a scale.



Now for a little Frankie Goes to Hollywood


  • Cristi

    Just keeps getting better. Can’t get enough of your brand of saneness. Keep cranking out the videos, you’re making a difference in my world. Thank you!

  • CJ

    Haha. I have about three needing made in the cue, but haven’t had time. Been working my butt off.

  • Jennifer

    I second what Cristi said. Your way of silencing the food fear mongers is truly appreciated. I’m thankful for people like you, Matt and Chief who are working hard to get the word out about not fearing food. Keep up the good work, CJ. Best of luck in your training!

    Blessings and Love,

  • Blank Faceplate

    I’ve personally never found a scale to be useless. A scale is only useless when its used occasionally – once a week or once a month. You have no way to get a baseline to see trends or aberrant measurements when used that infrequently.

    Obviously you can’t gain 10 lbs of fat in one sitting, like you point out, but you really *can* gain 10 lbs in a month if you’re stuffing more into your cake hole than you’re burning. Measuring once a month and seeing that 10 lb increase and writing it off as aberrant is as dumb as freaking out about a 1 day increase of 10 lbs.

    IMO, either use a scale consistently, or simply don’t use one at all, and only don’t use one at all if that jibes with your goals and lifestyle:

    Endurance athletes probably don’t need to get on the scale as long as their performance is where they want it. Mos tof them, IME, burn so many calories that “diet” isn’t really a concern for them.

    People in weight-classed sports *absolutely* need to get on the scale – on competition day, no one cares at all whether the 10 lbs is fat, muscle, or “just water” if you’re over the weight limit, you’re screwed if it’s a scheduled bout, or competing in the next class up if it’s a casual competition.

    Office drones who get 30 min of exercise 3 times a week should probably weigh and measure + use the scale if they want to maintain or make progress. If you can’t burn it, you *need* to starve it.

  • CJ

    You lost me at the end with
    “If you can’t burn it, you *need* to starve it.”

  • Blank Faceplate

    How so? Take a sedentary individual who is overweight or is gaining weight. They, for whatever reason, do not exercise, and will not exercise. How do you propose this individual loses or maintains weight?

    I’m personally not a big believer in magic macro-nutrient profiles, so the only way I can see to make a difference is to limit calories.

    What’s your take?

  • Brandon Swanson

    @Blank Faceplate, Limiting calories is good… especially at the beginning of a weight loss plan. It is an awakening that has to occur in every overweight individual (including myself at one point). Most of us have a concept of portion sizes that is OFF THE CHARTS too large.

    That said, CJ reacted to the starvation comment so strongly because you can’t change things overnight and you do your body a serious disservice if you limit your calories to an extreme degree. You stunt your metabolism and eventually the lack of energy will subvert your clear thinking and it will break you. When it does you are going to binge.

    Healthy body weight is a lifestyle and it takes time to get there. Patience is hard to develop and why so many of us give up. We want immediate and “Insane” results. We want the results we see in sham infomercials. Those people probably are starving their muscles and setting themselves up for injury.

    Athletes especially CAN’T starve themselves.

    Okay, that’s more than enough from me. Hope you take something away from that block of text. Cheers!