The bathroom scales may be your worst enemy when it comes to feeling good and confident about your weight loss. Most people start their day by stepping up onto the scale and seeing what number the dial moves to that morning. While sometimes the scale has good news, there are other times when it puts a dampener on your entire day. The scale is not the end all, be all of your weight loss success.
Regular weigh-ins are an easy way to gather data on how well your approach to weight loss is working. Remember that it’s okay to have occasional fluctuations, as long as the overall pattern shows you’re making progress!
Here are 6 instances that you should ignore the scales;
Most Days of the Week
It can be tempting to step on the scale every day in hope of seeing a change. Unfortunately, this can reinforce unhealthy and obsessive behaviours for some people. Thinking beyond that, it’s unlikely there will be much change from one day to the next. Sticking with a weekly weigh-in is sufficient for most situations as it will give you a better view of your progress over time.
It’s normal to weigh several pounds heavier at night due to the water and food we consumed throughout the day. You will get your most accurate weight first thing in the morning after you’ve been to the bathroom but before you’ve eaten breakfast, and without wearing any clothes.
If you’re on your period
Hormonal changes during menstruation, and even a few days before, can cause you to retain water and bloat. This can show up as a higher number on the scales. Be kind to yourself and wait until your period is over before stepping on the scales again.
If you’re constipated
Constipation can be caused by many things, including changes in your regular routine or medication. When you’re constipated your body retains solids, which increases the number on the scale. Rather than stepping on the scales, drink some water and relax, to try get things moving once again.
When you’re having a bad day
We all have days when we just aren’t feeling good in our body. Stepping on a scales during these times can add to stress and pressure to reach a goal faster. On tough days, it’s much better to think of all the fantastic things our bodies can do and ignore the numbers.
When you’re feeling good about yourself
How you FEEL is much more important than what you weigh. If you’re feeling good about your body, the way you look and feel, then that’s enough! Don’t get too caught up with the numbers you see.