Your Scale is a Big Fat Liar!

Give it the finger, and stay the course!

By Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson

Your biggest enemy in achieving your health and fitness goals doesn’t live in your refrigerator. It’s not your secret cookie stash. It doesn’t live anywhere in your kitchen at all. For most people the #1 source of discouragement and frustration probably lives in your bathroom. I affectionately call mine the ‘Lying Momentum Killer’. His name ….


Yep, that ‘tool’ that is suppose to gauge your weight loss success actually does more harm than good! I know what you are thinking….

“Ok, that’s it- Coach Jimmy has officially lost his mind!” 

Hear me out for a second and I will explain. You decide you are ready to take action and finally do something about your growing waist line. You pick a program like P90X, TURBOFIRE or INSANITY. You are using your Shakeology and following the meal plan to a tee. Week 1 zooms by, you feel good, and your confidence is growing because you know your actions will be rewarded by results. Because everyone loves to be applauded for hard work, you turn to your good friend The Scale. “Surely, he will reward my hard work with a favorable report.” What better way to measure progress than watching a countable, hard fact number decrease? That IS the goal after all right? So you step up on your trusty friend, anxious for the praise your feel you deserve. Then without warning, your friend betrays you with an ego-busting punch to the face. He shows you ZERO weight loss, or even worse, a weight GAIN!!

How is this possible??? You are doing the workouts, your nutrition is spot on, and you deserve to see measureable results dammit! … right? Then doubt creeps in. “This doesn’t work. I do everything right, but I’m not seeing results. I guess I’m just not meant to lose weight, I might as well give up.” ….. Sound familiar?

I tell my clients and the people on my team to weigh themselves before they start a program, and then hide the scale. Or better yet – get it out of the house! I also stress the importance of taking those unpopular ‘before’ photos and measurements. No one likes doing them. I mean, who really wants to stand half naked in front of a camera and take a picture? You’ve already decided to start a program because you weren’t happy with how you looked, isn’t that enough? No!

At the end of the day, true progress is measured through loss of inches and decreased body fat percentage. Your weight can fluctuate daily based on muscle gain, sodium intake, water retention, etc. Why subject yourself to the mental agony of looking at a number daily that isn’t a true barometer of the progress you are making?

Everyone is so obsessed with weight – with the actual number. It’s a label they attach to themselves so they can judge how they are doing. But when you are in your second month of Turbo Fire and your friend tells you how amazing your butt looks in your new jeans, do you think they care what the scale says? All they know is you are rocking those new jeans, and they want to get a hold of whatever it is you are doing. (Even though in many cases you may have only fluctuated 2 or 3 pounds since you started.)

So pick your program, weigh yourself ONCE, take your before pics and measurements, work closely with a Coach that will speak encouragement into you, and get ready to go shopping for those new jeans!

Let’s work together to shred that first 5 pounds today!

In This Thing Together! – Coach Jimmy

Coach Jimmy Hays NelsonJimmy Hays Nelson Beachbody Coach is a self-proclaimed ‘former fat guy’. In his mid 20’s he was an overweight college dropout, who found himself living back at home with his parents. Knowing something had to change, he took action.

Through his transformation journey he lost 100 pounds, started his own business, was featured in the Shaun T workout series INSANITY, and has been seen multiple times on QVC with his buddy Tony Horton promoting P90X.

He founded NELSONGY FITNESS with his wife Kelly to reach out to give hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally we are here to help you see REAL RESULTS!


  1. AJ | August 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Awesome and practical advice Jimmy!

  2. Anonymous | August 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Love the title! My sentiments exactly! ha! Great article!

  3. Elvie Look | August 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Loved this and need to remember this! :D

  4. Bchmandi | August 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    So very true.  The first step in my treatment for an eating disorder that I battled for over 9 years was to get rid of enemy number 1 (the scale).  :) 

  5. Kate Shaw | November 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I threw my scale away a year ago. In a momentary lapse of insanity I set a goal in a fitness challenge to lose 20 lbs (and 12 inches).  I’m angry at myself for setting a weight loss goal but, in the last week, am no longer stressing about it and am focusing on the inches instead.  Love this post!

  6. Megan Manganilla | November 23, 2011 at 12:25 am

    SO True!! Love this!

  7. Shasta Michaels | July 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    So true! I was at a really nice low weight and started P90X and in 3 1/2 weeks my body fat seems to have decreased and I’ve put on about 6 pounds! Luckily I was expecting it! Further, I’m doing a new method of creatine cycling/loading and have to take in massive amounts of water, the stuff causes your muscles to retain it, so depending on where I am in that process, my weight may go way up! Even though I know all this, the scale can still be a source of discouragement so I don’t use it at all anymore!

    Thanks for writing this article, Jimmy, more people need to hear it, it’s extremely helpful!!

    Shasta Michaels
    “The Barefoot Beast”

  8. Tracy MacAuley | August 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I haven’t owned a scale in years – I didn’t even weigh myself before I started my weight loss program (I go to the dr. once a month, so they have my weight). I go by how my clothes fit – that’s it. When I used to weigh myself, if I didn’t lose the amount I thought I should have for the week, the next few days I’d feel like a failure and would feel like giving up. Your weight fluctuates so much depending on the time of day, what you had for dinner the night before (anything high in sodium causes water weight gain), etc. There are too many variables to count on a scale to tell you the truth!!! Thank you for posting this article, Jimmy!

  9. Romi | December 3, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Great article, Jimmy! Thanks a lot for the advice. So true and easy to forget sometimes…

  10. Suzanne Baughman | December 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    this really resonates with me today !!! i have been working so hard and eating clean and healthy and taking my shakeology and what does my wieght do? my weight bounces and forth like a yo-yo day to day !! its so frustrating …i know i am getting healthier and fitter daily but why, oh why, wont that scale start giving me those magical numbers i want to see !! thank you for posting this today of all days because its just what i needed as i was getting so frustrated and down on myself …thank you !


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