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Stop Weighing Yourself!
Weightloss Stumbling Block
We would want a perfectly fit body. Losing that extra weight will mean watching those pounds disappear. Having said that, the weighing scale is a great tool to help you get there but many turn this instrument into a stumbling block without knowing it. Monitoring the weighing scale too much often result to discouragement and failure.
What is not good is being obsessed with monitoring your weight that you do it in a daily basis. This is counterproductive and can become a major stumbling block in you weight loss efforts.
Try not to be preoccupied with how much weight you lose particularly during the first few days when you are only losing mostly water weight. It might even lead to depression once you reach a plateau when the weight no longer appears to budge.
Despite this, many people are not aware that too much weigh scale watching is the culprit behind the setback in their weight loss programs. Learn how you can avoid this trap.
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Things to consider
1. You will disappointed
If you manage to weigh yourself everyday, soon enough you will be disappointed once your weight plateaus. No matter how fast you are losing weight in the first few weeks of your diet or your weight loss program, there will come a time when the bathroom scale will no longer show a deduction.
If you've been focusing too much on the number shown in the weighing scale, when it does not give you the result you want to see, you will be in for a disappointment. This feeling of not being able to lose weight will often lead you to think that your program is a failure when it is not really the case. At best, weigh yourself once a week so as not to get disappointed as when you weigh daily when it is more likely that weigh reduction will be less noticeable.
2. You are stressing yourself unnecessarily
Weighing scale monitoring may result to obsession with the scale moving one to resort to unhealthy eating habits and disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
3. Don't forget period bloating
The time of the month can influence how much water your body retains and you should factor this in when trying to lose weight. Water retention is normal days before and during the menstrual cycle. Hence, tipping the scale during this time would not give the accurate results.
4. The muscle vs fat factor
As you engage in workouts that involve muscle exertion - weightlifting or weight-training, more, muscle is being built even as fat is being burned. This of course will lead to a muscle weight that you must also take into account when you weigh yourself.
It happens that you might not lose significant amount of weight scale-wise although when you increased muscle mass.
In short, watching the scale too much can be misleading you. Always remember that it is not the numbers on the weighing scale that really matters. There are other different ways of knowing if you already succeeded in your weight loss goals. It is best to keep your eye on more realistic goals as cardiovascular fitness, muscle formation and fitness, shrinking the waist, trimming the midsection, then worry about the weight part later. Serious commitment to making your program a success is very important rather than being too focused on watching the scales.