My Freaking Bathroom Scale is Broken!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Male Weight Loss Guy on ScaleA lot of guys talk out loud to their bathroom scales. And these are usually some very emotionally-powered words. Actually they’re four-lettered male-preferred words. Apparently there are a lot of broken scales out there. Every day us weight loss candidates have some really practical problems with their bathroom scales:

1.  The bathroom scale only goes up to 300 pounds and they weigh more than that. A lot of men are force to go to the doctor’s office, just to get weighed because they are literally off the scales.

2. They get on the scale and their weight changes by about 5 pounds from the day before. Not necessarily in the good direction. How can a scale possibly give you such wacky information two days in a row? What the hell?

The fact is that every scale is wrong.

The only thing that you can count on for a bathroom scale is that it tells you how much your weight is changing in general over a longer period of time. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you get the most accurate reading on your bathroom sclae though. Do these things every time you get on the scale:

  1. Decide how often you want to weigh yourself. You don’t need to weigh yourself anymore than once per week. Weighing yourself often is pure punishment because of the bad news you get. Then, don’t do it. Once a week is enough. You know you are heavy, you don’t need to “align with reality” any more than you want. Be nice to yourself.
  2. Weigh yourself at the same time of the day, on the days that you have chosen to weigh yourself.
  3. Wear the same thing everyday when you get on the scale. It does not matter what you wear…just make it easy to get on the scale as part of your schedule.  Weighing first thing in the morning is the easiest because you are usually in the bathroom at the same time every day.
  4. Stand on the scale with feet spread slightly so that the outer edges of your feet are at the edge of the scale platform. Do this so that you are well balanced and stable.
  5. Have your toes lined up with the edge of the scale platform closest to the dial or digital readout. You do this so that you have your feet in the same place every time.
  6. Head forward and arms relaxed at your side. Obviously you have to look down at the scale to read it. You do not want to effect the reading by your motion or weight shifting from looking all over the place.

Honestly, your scale is wrong. Every scale is wrong. The belly fat is the target, not your weight. You’re just using the scale like the speedometer on your car. You want to see whether you’re “speeding”  or not.  You want to know how your food program and exercsie program is working for you. Do what you can to get the best reading by controlling yourself.

Weight Loss Blog – a Path to Success

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

When I was slightly younger, and there was something that I just had to accomplish or have, I used a very successful strategy. I would tell everyone I knew what I intended so that I became accountable for getting what I wanted. I always got what I wanted, because I needed to do what I said I would do.

I still use this strategy, but now that we have the internet, being able to tell a lot of people our intention is much easier. Now with weight loss, there are millions of people that want to get themselves into a healthy life. And, there are a few guys on the net who are making their weight loss into a public event through blogging of their whole program – exercise, weight loss, diet and lifestyle.

One of these guy’s name is Andrew. Andrews male weight loss blog is called Andrew is getting fit.  Andrew lives with his wife in New Zealand. Along with showing the progress of his weight loss, fitness program and the types of foods he eats, he posts a lot of great pictures. I have always wanted to visit Scotland and New Zealand, and because of his pictures I have decided I want to visit New Zealand first. It might also be because it is now summer in New Zealand and winter in Chicago where I live. Cold here, warm there, hmmm easy decision. I am guessing that Andrew is able to carry his camera when he goes jogging because he shows seascape and landscape pictures of wherever he happens to run that day.

His goal is to run a half marathon in June and is considering upgrading his plans to a full marathon, but at this point, only thought. One of the things that Andrew uses, is a progress chart found at On his blog he has posted several of these charts  that shows his weight loss history. As of today’s writing he has lost 105 pounds and has only 15 pounds more to lose.

I find this to be a very valuable way of getting results – become accountable for losing weight and getting fit. I am also going to use the progress thingy to keep me on track.

Nice job Andrew. Visit his site at Andrew is getting fit

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Why Are You So Freakin’ Fat?

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Male Weight Loss CandidateI want to warn you that what you are about to read is very direct and you may not feel better after reading it. This article is intended to get in your face. It is not intended to hurt your feelings, but to wake you up. Face it, you are your habits. You create yourself by what you do all day, every day. Your habits have earned you a big fat sweating belly. Carrying around a big flabby gut is only the lesser of two problems. The bigger problem is in your head. Don’t you just want to yell “why am I so f***ing fat? Can’t you just hear that question as you suffer through these things:

  • Looking in the mirror
  • Lack of energy. Even hard to get off the couch
  • You hand is already in the bag grabbing another handful of chips
  • Failing to get a date with any woman
  • Your wife not wanting to have sex again
  • Buying yet another larger size of pants than last month
  • Wearing your shirt over your pants because you have to

Regarding weight loss, I believe that the hell that the male goes through is self-imposed. The fact is that it isn’t really your fault. It is about the high quality of life that you are living. You are living better than anyone has ever lived in history and you are getting your needs met like never before. Even though you may not feel very satisfied, the paradox of the situation, is that it is because you have become accustomed to being satisfied, is the reason why you are unsatisfied. If that doesn’t make sense to you, here are five things that you are asking into your live (from which you get a lot of satisfaction), yet they all lead to our obesity.

  1. Video - this may seem strange to you, but look at all of the video in your life – TV, cable, DVD, video games, You Tube, sports,  movie theaters, iPhone video,  all other internet video. When you are watching videos of any kind, you are sitting and not burning many calories. Period. It is like you are a car idling in neutral…you are not using much gas. We love to watch things, but these things are costing us our waistline. Believe it.
  2. Less Active – beyond video you just do not move around much at all. You do “thinking work” for a living and although thinking burns calories, you aren’t exactly a lumberjack either. Dancing used to be something that many many people did for entertainment. When was the last time that you danced?
  3. Easy Food - I do not only mean fast food, but the fact is that food is immediately available in an edible form . 40 years ago, many types of food that people kept in their house, had to be prepared before being eaten. It wasn’t so easy back then to grab Doritos or cheese sticks.  But look at grocery store shelves now, there is ready-to-eat food in every aisle. You can now go to your kitchen cabinet right now and in a half a minute be eating anything you want. Also this food tends to be empty calories
  4. Wealth - we may be in the “great recession” now, but you would not know it if you looked around. People hanging out at Starbucks,  you can buy anything you want 24 hours a day on the internet, 1,000’s of porno sites on the internet, credit cards are still easy to obtain. You may not want to believe this, but you are living high on the hog. Still don’t believe me? Look at the pictures of the starving, emaciated faces of the people during the Great Depression….there were not many fat ones.
  5. Denial – human beings are the most social animal on the earth. You look around at other people  and see what others are doing to ensure that you are doing the right things. Just because other people are over-consuming, it does not mean that you should. Look first, but think second. You should not do what other people do, just because you want to be accepted.

You may not be feeling any better after reading all of this. My intention is not to make you feel any worse. My intention is for you to start gathering your wits, and realize that you are making decisions that are costing you your well-being. We as a society asked for all of the above things. Now you need to become aware of your need to become more moderate in their usage.

There is a line from Elton John’s 1974 hit song “The Bitch Is Back,”  that states “…the times are changing now the poor get fat.” Well I would like  to update that line to state “…the times are changing now both the poor and the rich get fat.”

Wake up! The longer you carry the weight, the more likely that you will carry it for the rest of your life. Don’t be just upset, be aware of what you do. It does not have to be this way.

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