So it's time to make an effort to lose weight. You start exercising everyday and embark on a healthy nutrition plan. Now, the time has come for you to check in on your weight, so you step on the scale for the moment of truth. You haven't lost any weight.
Now what do you do? Throw in the towel? Continue exercising and eating healthy?
These are all completely normal reactions to a lack os success on the scale. The first question you should be asking yourself is "will weighing myself daily, weekly, or periodically help or harm me?" Since there's no magic answer to how often to weigh yourself, figuring out what is helpful and motivating for you is how you decide.
Some people opt for the occasional weight check. People who opt for the occasional weigh-in often have alternative ways of identifying weight shifts like the way their clothes fit or by how strong they feel while exercising. Some may do this at home or once in a while at the gym or even while visiting the doctors office.
A lot of people find weighing in on a daily basis provides them with a sense of accountability and it is helpful for having a great idea of where they are in their progress. Also for many, it helps to keep progress on track. The number on the scale should not have the power to dictate your mood or the events of your day. Remember, it's just a number.
For best results, pick a consistent day each week (usually first day the week) and weigh yourself in the early morning. This can be a good tool to help you feel accountable without making you hop on the scale daily. Weekly weigh-ins can have it's advantages- it allows you to track progress while you still have 6 whole days to not focus on your weight.
NEVER TOUCHING A SCALE
If you are weighing yourself multiple times a day, you need to STOP! You should not weigh yourself more than once per day. Obsessing over a number on the scale can turn into a very problematic pattern that could disturb the happiness and peace in your life.
There are many people out there who smash their scale and never step foot on one again. Some people find it more helpful and healthy for them to focus on how they feel in their clothes, the balance of their nutrition and how well they perform during their exercises.
Remember if you decide to weigh yourself, the scale should be a tool that helps you, not harms you.
Overall, ask yourself what is more helpful for you and find what works for you and stick to it.
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