by Marisa Lopez
1. Your weight fluctuates!
On average your weight can fluctuate anywhere from 1-5 pounds throughout the day. Don’t sweat it. Fluid/food intake, hormones and stress can all be factors. Sure it can help be a good measure of progress but weighing yourself often can do more harm than good. These fluctuations on the scale do not mean you lost/gained any real weight.
2. Scale weight doesn’t automatically equate to healthy – Not you’re only measure of progress.
Just because someone weighs less does not necessary mean healthy. We all carry our weight differently. Some of us have fast metabolisms others do not. Genetics can play a huge role in your body shape and fat distribution. Focus on building the best version of yourself! Use different tools like bodyfat scan, measurements and pictures instead to measure your progress!
3. Strength Training and the Scale
You may gain a few pounds after consistent strength training sessions because you’re not just losing fat but simultaneously building muscle. This may not result in the scale changing but you may be missing the fact that you are leaner and stronger. Many of us have been programmed to think that the scale going up means you’ve “gained weight” which has a negative connotation for many. On the flip side you may find the number on the scale going down but you feeliing/looking more bloated. This can be attributed to not fuelng your body properly after intense training sessions, losing muscle mass, and creating a messy situation for your metabolism.
5. Hormones and the scale
The number on the scale can be particularly frustrating as a female. Men tend to encounter less issues with weight loss/muscle gain because of testosterone. Women have estrogen and much less testosterone. Your menstrual cycle, stress levels and sleep can make a big difference on what the scale says. Remember to drink plenty of water, fuel your body with nutrient dense food, reduce stress levels and get those zzz’s to counteract the effects of hormones.
5. Breaks down your self esteem
There is nothing worst than jumping on the scale and noticing you gained some weight after a stressful event, falling off the path, etc. It can take you from feeling great to being totally bummed and miserable. The scale does not and should not do that to you. You are so much more than a number on some manmade thing.
TAKE the scale and dump it if it takes away your piece of mind. This doesn’t mean give up on your wellness goals! If you need assistance with reaching your goals hire a coach!