The Scale: How Not to Screw Yourself

Apr 16, 2015 | Diet, Fitness

If there’s one thing that causes more unnecessary panic and stress to cross my path, it’s the scales.
Clients literally FREAKING OUT because the scale reads one kilo more today than it did yesterday.
So today, I’m here to help you with some facts and a bit of advice.
#1 – that’s NORMAL. If you weigh yourself every day, you’re going to see fluctuations in weight throughout the week (mainly due to daily water fluctuations). That’s normal and to be expected especially being a woman.
The solution?
NEVER weigh yourself more than once a week. Period. Anything more than that and you’re just screwing yourself psychologically. The scale will inevitably jump around and instead of staying focused on your fat loss plan and your goals, your thoughts become consumed with a number (that for all intents and purposes is unreliable on a daily basis).
So when should you weigh yourself?
The key is to keep things as consistent as possible throughout the measuring process:
*Same scale
*Same day each week
*Same time of day
*Same circumstances
For example, if you choose the same day each week, weigh yourself first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything, on the same scale each week, unclothed. Taking measurements this way will give you a pretty good idea of the type of results you were able to achieve from the previous week.
Perhaps an even better indicator of progress is your waist measurement, and as such I recommend taking a waist measurement along with your scale reading each week. Again, same measuring tape, some spot (around the navel), same set of circumstances, etc.
Even if for some fluke reason the scale doesn’t budge one week, as long as your waist measurement decreases you can rest assured that you’re losing fat because your fat stores are shrinking.
So, if you’re someone who steps on the scale daily, or even worse sporadically throughout the week at different times of day, do yourself a favor and STOP. Move to once-a-week progress measurements for a much more reliable, stress-free indicator of progress.

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