Thursday, 3 December 2015

What Everybody Losing Weight Ought To Know About Their Scales

Those dreaded scales can be quite a problem for some people, affecting motivation, mood, eating habits & of course progress. So I wanted to write an article that would help you understand all the ways that the number on the scale can be positively or negatively affected.

1. If you are taking up exercise as part of your healthy eating or weight loss plan, especially if that includes strength training you may be losing fat at the same time as building muscle, which wouldn’t necessarily show up as weight lost, but would show up in your body measurements.

2. When you eat a very low carb diet, in the first couple of weeks you lose a lot of water weight, this can show up on the scales by as much as 5lb in the first week, however if you then increase the level of carbs at any time, it is likely to show up as an increase.

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3. Weighing yourself at different times of the day can give different results. Always weigh under the same circumstances, in the same clothes at the same time of day.

4. Hormones affect weight quite significantly, so if you are stressed, or pre-menstrual, the number on the scale could show up higher than it actually is. For us ladies there is also the added disruption of increased water weight during this time.

5. If you usually weigh yourself in the mornings, but the night before ‘weigh day’ you eat a high carb meal (such as pasta) this could show up as much as 2lb heavier on your scales in the morning. This is most likely to be water weight rather than actual weight gained, and you would probably be lighter again within a couple of days.

6. Results are not always instant so if you feel like you’ve had a super healthy week, eaten well and exercised your butt off at the gym, you may not see this reflected in the scale for a week or two, depending on whether there are any other factors in play (such as any of those above).

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It takes consistent effort over time to start seeing reductions in the numbers on the scale, and even then sometimes what they say may not be a true reflection, which is why it is important to consider other factors.

– Have your body measurements changed

– Do you have more energy

– Does your skin look healthier

– Are you sleeping better

– Are you noticing even small changes in how your clothes fit

These are all great signs that what you are doing is working, so keep going

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