Does losing weight and weighing yourself constantly go together?
When trying to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle, do you find weighing yourself every day encouraging or discouraging?
Neither - I don't even own a weighing machine. I go on how my clothes fit me, not on my weight. If you do weightlifting, you can tone your figure so your clothes fit better or get loose even if you increase your weight. Muscle weighs more for the same VOLUME as fat. Think of two bricks or blocks the same size: one is made of fat, the other of muscle. The block of muscle will weigh more, even though they are the same size. Now, if you had two bricks the same, and made one do weightlifting, that one would get slimmer, even though it might still weigh the same as the other brick or even a little heavier. Women cannot bulk up, so don't worry that you would start to look like Arnie Schwarzennegger, you won't.
Weighing yourself can be to your detriment. If you are trying to live a healthier life, then you are exercising. Exercising produces muscle, even to the most minimum workout. Muscle weighs more than fat. Depending on your body type, you may gain weight but lose inches.
Thanks for commenting - it makes absolute sense.
I think it could be counter productive, i.e. if it is taking a bit of time to get the weight off then you might get discouraged instead of encouraged
No. I have found weighing yourself can be a roller coaster ride as far as water loss and water gain. I would suggest going by how your clothes fit and losing inches instead of concentrating on weight.
Plus, those who workout with weights and are dieting, muscle weighs more than fat. A scale is not your friend.
Honestly, I only weigh once a week. If I weigh more often, I indulge in more sugary or calorie-filled food to celebrate which actually makes the dieting process worse.
A number of weight-loss pills are available at your local drugstore, supermarket or health food store.
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