If you’re trying to lose weight, you know that the scale can be discouraging at times. When you think you’ve done really good in your workouts and ate healthy, but see no weight loss don’t listen to the scale!
*Here are some tips:
- Judge your week by obedience, whether that be to God, to your health goals, or sticking to your healthy eating plan; not what the scale says.
Before you step on the scale reflect on your week. If you feel good about your workout/exercise, and ate healthy, don’t let the scale tell you otherwise. Celebrate your success!
2. Consistently take your weight first thing in the morning, before drinking or eating anything.
3. Weigh yourself once a week at the MOST. Any more than that is unnecessary, inaccurate and discouraging.
Don’t get too worried about the scale. The scale can change depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to:
• Stomach content
• Hydration level
• Sodium intake/electrolytes
• Muscle gain
• Fat loss
• The amount of carbohydrates eaten
• Cortisol levels
• Having to go to the bathroom
If you are discouraged that the scale has went up-Even though the scale may say a pound increase, it’s probably not a pound of pure fat.
If you did gain weight due to eating excess and not sticking to your plan, don’t give up! Keep going, get right back on track! You can do this.
A good way to check your progress is:
• Your performance in your workouts (if you’re doing more with less effort, or can do something you previously couldn’t)
• Progress photos
• Tape measurements
• How you’re feeling
• Energy levels
• Body fat percentage
Even if you didn’t lose weight, but feel better and are more energized, great! That’s your goal!
Keep smiling and don’t give up!