So your weight-loss journey has finally begun. You exercise vigorously, follow a healthy diet and cut down on your cheat meals. Now it’s time to step on the scales. And to your shock, you see that you haven’t lost any weight. What do you do? Continue your journey or give up?
It’s completely normal to have a negative reaction when you don’t see any results on the scales. But it’s a little bit trickier than it seems. A fluctuation of weight can occur as a result of your body’s physical functions that are influenced by many factors, including your level of hydration and your bathroom habits. So, how often should you step on the scales?
Many people find daily weigh-ins a comforting thing that helps them keep track of their progress. If you feel like the number on the scale is affecting your mood and behavior, you should reconsider doing so. But if you can overlook the daily weight fluctuations, you can continue weighing yourself every day.
Weekly weigh-ins have a lot of advantages. You can still track your progress but also have almost a whole week of not being obsessed over the number on the scales. It’s recommended to pick the same day each week and weigh yourself in front of the mirror.
Some people take a different approach when they try to lose weight and ditch the scales completely. It helps to focus on what’s most important, which is feeling good about themselves and enjoying a healthy lifestyle rather than constantly thinking about the numbers.
While weighing yourself can be helpful for some people, you should remember that what the scales show should not have any power over your life. At the end of the day, it’s just a number.
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