Should you trust the scale?

It may come as a surprise to many people when told that the scale has caused more people to abandon their weight loss journey than any other issue. Weight loss is a mental game, not a physical one.

Contrary to popular belief, most people are motivated enough to start exercising and eating better in hopes of losing weight. All these efforts are carried out in the hope of seeing the numbers fall in the scales.

But what if the numbers don’t change?

Then they are disappointed and feel that their efforts are in vain. Some people make the monumental mistake of weighing themselves daily hoping to see weight loss.

By doing this, they are putting themselves on an emotional roller coaster that wreaks havoc on their mental game. On a day when they see a drop in numbers, they are ecstatic. On a day when the numbers go up a bit, they hate their lives and feel like quitting.

Don’t trust the scale
The truth of the matter is that one scale NEVER gives the whole picture. She may have lost a pound today and the next day find she’s gained it back. What you think is a pound of fat could simply be the body holding on to water that day.

Your body weight fluctuates all the time due to a variety of factors. Ideally, you should only weigh yourself once a week, and even then, you should take the numbers with a grain of salt.

If you are training hard and doing weight training, your body could gain 2lbs of muscle over 3 weeks while losing around 5lbs of fat. However, on the scale, he will only show a 3 pound drop.

You will feel despondent because after all your hard work, all you lost is a measly 3 pounds. What you don’t realize is that you lost 5 pounds of fat and gained muscle, and that’s fantastic.

If you judge your progress based on the numbers on the scale, you won’t get the full picture.

Patience is a virtue
Beyond that, for the first 30 days, your body is still adjusting to exercise and diet. It will take time for the weight to come off. Obsessing over the numbers will put unnecessary pressure on you to see fast results.

No hurry. You are trying to make a lifestyle change and not just a weight change. Give yourself at least 90 days to stick with the plan. 90 days of caloric deficit, clean diet and a regular training program.

You will be surprised how you look after 90 days. Depending on your weight, you may be thin and look good by then. If you were morbidly obese, you would have lost a great deal of weight and would look and feel much better.

Look towards the future
You may still be overweight, but that’s okay. You’ve made a lot of progress. Give yourself another 90 days to lose the rest. Continue until you reach your goal weight.

The scale should only act as a general mileage marker on your trip. It shouldn’t decide if you stay on course or not. You don’t even need a scale.

As long as you eat right and burn more calories than you consume, weight loss is inevitable if it continues. Three months from now, you’ll thank yourself. Stay on the road.

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