Why You Should Sometimes Skip The Scale

If you’re following your workout to the letter, eating healthy meals that are lower in calories and getting adequate sleep, you should be making progress toward your weight loss goal. Notice that says should be making progress. Weighing every day can be deceptive. Your body weight fluctuates daily and a pound can be gained from temporary water weight gain. Sometimes, you have to skip the scale and use other methods to check your progress.

Working out can cause weight gain.

If you’re new to exercise or simply worked out harder, your weight gain can occur because of that. The new workout puts stress on muscles and causes micro tears, which increases inflammation. That can cause water weight gain, which is temporary and occurs because of the healing process. Your body also starts to store more glucose for more energy. Don’t get upset, especially in the first months. Track your endurance and how much you’ve improved in number of reps.

While you may vary your workout to avoid it, you might plateau occasionally,

Plateauing can happen, no matter how hard you try to avoid it. You can vary your workout and still see the scales stall occasionally. Don’t get upset. Instead, try measuring your progress a different way. Record your progress by checking how many inches you’ve lost. As you workout, you’ll gain more muscle mass and lose more fat. Muscle tissue weighs more per cubic inch than fat tissue does. It takes a larger container to hold a pound of fat tissue than a pound of muscle tissue. If you exchange a pound of fat for a pound of muscle, you’ll be much thinner.

Losing weight can be slow.

If you’re losing weight in a healthy manner, the process is relatively slow. Just shedding a couple of pounds a week is right for most people. That can be frustrating for those that want to see more progress or faster progress. If you know you’re that type of person, instead, focus on things you can control. Create goals for your workout program or those to learn new healthy eating recipes. You can track those easily. Maybe the goal is to make three new healthy recipes a week. Not only is that more productive than fretting over the scales, you get three new healthy meals a week.

  • Take a picture of yourself before you started and then wearing the same clothing, take a picture in the same location after every month. You’ll be able to see the changes after a few months.
  • Judge how much energy you have. If you have to take a staircase regularly, make it a contest to see how many flights you can climb before taking a rest. Getting healthy is what working out is all about.
  • Judge your fitness by your ability to zip through housework. Time yourself and push yourself to go as fast as you can. As you get fitter, you’ll find those jobs often go quicker.
  • The biggest measure of your success is how your clothes fit. If your jeans are looser, you’re seeing success. If you have to buy a new pair because the old fall off, hooray for you, you’re successful.

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