Step Away from the Scale

When I first began my journey to shed a few pounds, before I knew better, I spent a lot of time obsessing over my weight and what the scale said. I would weigh myself everyday, sometimes even multiple times a day. I would get upset when the numbers never seemed to go down and even went up! Now, working on shedding my last few pounds of baby weight, I know better.

Healthy weight loss happens at a rate of 1-2 lbs a week and our weight can fluctuate throughout the day by 2-5 lbs. Even if you have lost 1 lb of fat it may not show up on the scale. In fact, according to the scale, it may even seem you've gained a pound or two (check this out! http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/weight-fluctuation-experiment) Depending on how much weight you're trying to lose and how you are doing it, the number on the scale will eventually begin to fall but if you are stepping on it everyday it can get a little discouraging. If you're exercising to help with weight loss, you may notice that the number on the scale stops going down and may even start going back up. This is because you are building muscle. Since muscle is denser than fat, you might weigh more even though you are actually slimmer. Even in this situation, if you are worried about the number on the scale, it's discouraging. I'm here to tell you to step away from the scale! 

If your goal is weight loss or even weight gain, you shouldn't be weighing yourself everyday. Try to weigh only once per week or even less, once per month. Some tricks that are even better than checking the scale are using photos and clothing to gauge weight loss. Pick a day each month to take a photo of yourself to compare to the month before or grab a pair of shorts you want to fit into and see how much closer you get to fitting into them as the weeks pass.

The most important thing to do when trying to lose weight is to not stress about losing weight or about how much weight you've lost. Stressing over the number on the scale can actually prevent you from losing, but that's a topic for another day! Focus on eating right and exercising, focus on just becoming a better you and the change will come!

 


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