That is, your bathroom scale.
Or maybe you aren’t even speaking the same language! Either way, it’s the truth. Your bathroom scale is not always honest with you. No matter how accurate the scale is, she doesn’t consider all the components that make up your weight. She just gives you digits that either make your heart pound or soar.
You are happy when the number on the scale goes down because you think you have lost weight. You are disappointed and upset when the number on the scale goes up because you believe you have gained fat or weight. However, when the digits change, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have actually put on or lost fat! Instead, you may have retained water, have full bowels, be experiencing your monthly cycle, eaten too many simple carbohydrates, or finished a heavy workout.
When you are evaluating your weight or fat loss, keep these things in mind:
- Are you feeling better? Is your sleep more restful? Do you have more energy?
- Are your clothes fitting differently? Are you noticing your pants and tight shirts are looser?
- Did you take your body’s measurements, and did they change? Did you lose inches?
- Weight according to the scale.
- BMI (Body Mass Index) measuring your lean muscle versus fat.
You blessedly don’t have to look at all those components at once. Keep them in mind, keep your goals in mind and use the positive changes that you see to keep you motivated.
Some more tips:
- Weigh yourself only once a week on Wednesday mornings.
- Use an online BMI calculator.
- Take your measurements in the exact same place every month. Don’t forget to write them down or record them somewhere for easy tracking.
- Bring out a pair of pants that are snug-fitting now and try them on once every two weeks.
Lastly, check in with yourself! I recommend journaling to log your feelings and changes. Make a note of all the non-scale victories to remind yourself that this, too, is an up and down process. At times you will feel frustrated, sad or bored and at other times you might feel excited, hopeful and yoo-hoo-ful!
With much love and gratitude,