Dr. Oz: Watching Her Weight
Maribel can’t stop watching her scale, so she turned to Dr. Oz for help. She feels like the scale completely controls her life. Every morning, she goes to the bathroom and then weighs herself. She always makes sure the scale is in the exact same spot. If the number is up or hasn’t moved, she’ll get depressed and eat badly. If it goes down, she’ll feel excited and keep going and eat better.
Sometimes she gives herself a cheat day and one day becomes two or three. Then she ends up gaining back the weight she lost.
Dr. Oz: Watching the Scale
Growing up, she always tied her weight to the scale. In high school, she was about 165 pounds. At college, she gained 30 pounds. By the time she graduated, she was about 210. Her weight always fluctuated. Maribel said her mom has always been on top of her about her weight, because she was overweight herself and didn’t want Maribel to get to where she was. Maribel said she’s currently about 80 pounds overweight. She hates her weight but she doesn’t want to be a slave to the scale anymore.
Dr. Oz: How to Lose Weight
Maribel said she’s heard people say something like, “You have such a pretty face” or “You’d be so pretty if you lost some weight.” These are meant to be compliments, but they really hurt Maribel. Maribel said she wants to be 130 pounds, and if she was, her whole life might be different. She’d feel good and look good and not feel self-conscious when she buys cookies or goes grocery shopping.
Dr. Oz took Maribel to the Truth Tube. Dr. Oz told her she shouldn’t be shooting for 130. She should shoot for 165 pounds, which is what she was when she was a teenager.
Maribel also said she felt like she had a weight on her shoulders. So Dr. Oz told her that was the right weight she had to lose, to overcome that emotional burden.
Dr. Oz: Stop Looking at the Scale
Dr. Oz introduced Maribel to expert Ted Spiker, whom Dr. Oz has written a number of books with. Dr. Oz said that he and Ted were from the same hometown. Ted had the same fluctuating weight problem Maribel had. Ted said that we put a lot of self-worth in the number on the scale. But the truth is, the scale taunts us and brings us down. So Ted said Maribel had to think of the scale as no longer be in our lives. Ted had a realistic plan for overcoming the scale.