Truth Pants, Not Scale

Truth Pants are a pair of your favorite jeans (or any pant with a button and zipper) that you feel great in and are sized in your comfort weight zone. Truth Pants are the barometer of if you’ve lost some inches, gained some inches, or are spot on to where you feel healthy. Truth Pants are not your “skinny pants,” goal-sized pants or your pants from middle school you’ve kept in hopes you fit in them again someday. Truth Pants are pants you currently own and can typically fit in give or take a pound or five.

Truth Pants are your baseline for if you’re on track with your health, or if you need to tweak your current fitness and nutrition choices.

Why Truth Pants and No Scale?

I hate the bathroom scale. It’s a piece of junky plastic and metal that has the power to dictate our mood, or worse, our self confidence. The scale can undermine hard work at the gym, cause anxious feelings of not being good enough, and be a frustrating point of wanting to give up. The bathroom scale offers no grace for your menstrual cycle, bloat, or muscle gains.

Truth Pants, on the other hand, have the ability to be a confidence booster by forgiving the natural 3-5 lb fluctuation that EVERYONE experiences. If you go above that 5 lb-8 lb mark, your Truth Pants will gently let you know by hugging you tighter.

Unspecified Weight Range

My “comfort weight” is in the unspecified weight range of a Size 8. I have made peace over the last few years that my body feels its best when I am a well-nourished and active size 8. In order for my body to get back down to a Size 6, I would need to take drastic measures and make sacrifices that I’m just not willing to make anymore. Life is too short to not enjoy wine and chocolate as part of my healthy 80/20 lifestyle!

This is where the scale serves me no purpose.

If I weigh myself after a night of wine and chocolate, my scale really likes to stick it to me that I’m a failureI overindulged and I need to pay for it. I do know better than to let negative thoughts like that prowl my mind, but I’ve been so conditioned the past couple decades to (incorrectly) believe fitness success is tied to a specific weight that I cannot help the overwhelming sense of regret when that diabolical scale has its say.

Can you relate?

Conversely, take that same morning after enjoying wine and chocolate, and my Truth Pants will feel a little snug but will still fit. The tightness will gently remind me to drink a lot of water to flush out the bloat, and then typically by the afternoon or following morning, I’m back to normal. See, it’s one thing to have an idea that your weight is fluctuating, but it’s a whole other thing to be taunted and ridiculed (at least that’s how I imagine my scale speaks to me!)

Love Yourself Towards Healthy

Truth Pants are another tool in loving yourself towards healthy. Having a baseline of your body size will help you be honest with your current nutrition and fitness choices, without getting berated by the scale. If your Truth Pants get too tight; make adjustments. If your Truth Pants fit well; congratulations! And if your Truth Pants get loose; keep up the good work!

Don’t let the scale get you down! Use other non-scale tools to stay on track in a gentle way, like Truth Pants.



Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.
  • Sue Parke

    I love this. I don’t really have truth pants per say, but I do have a pair of truth shorts haha. They’re shorts I’ve had forever, and when they fit comfortably I know I’m exactly where I want to be and should be. I’m also weighing myself less and less these days. I try to go by how I feel. I know when I’ve cheated too many days in a row and feel a bit squishy or on the higher end of where I fluctuate. No sense in making myself feel bad if I’m a few lbs up, I know what I need to do and just do it! Great post! 🙂

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