ninerbuff wrote: »
The scale is the one tool that the majority of people use to gauge their progress on weight loss/gain and physical transformation. Unfortunately there are so many variables, scale weight can fluctuate so much that people are so dismayed that they quit their weight loss attempt when they see 3-5lbs gained after busting their butts on a single day or week. So I'm here just to let you know that weight loss isn't linear.
You can do the same exact routines, with the same exact foods, the same exact sleep patterns, etc. and lose weight one week and gain the next. Why? Because the body is complicated. There are lots of things we don't control such as hormonal balance, water fluctuation and body repair. These all play a part on the number that's displayed on the scale every time you step up on it.
It's really not hard to gain some water weight either. Step on a scale. Get off drink 8 oz of water. Step back on and you'll have gained 8 oz. in weight. Was it fat weight? Muscle weight? Of course not. Yet so many people freak out when they weigh so many pounds one day and then the next day after a good workout out weight 3 lbs more even after being in calorie deficit. Or only slept 4 hours instead of their regular 7-9 hours. Again no muscle or fat gain, so the obvious answer is that water retention upped the weight.
Remember that the scale is only a tool. It gives current weight of what's on it. It cannot distinguish if it's someone with clothing on or off. Tall or short. Fat or fit. So don't let it define your total progress either. Yes the number going down is an indication of weight loss, but what if that weight loss was more lean muscle than fat? Would that be good?
Just remember, if you look the way you want, can wear the clothes you choose and people are applauding your look to you, does it really matter what that number on the scale shows?A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
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korenelm wrote: »
The scale kills me. In my 1st month I lost 10 lbs. Now still staying under my calories and nothing really changing its staying in the same spot. I am loosing the "go get it attitude" and I still have 30 to 35 lbs left on my goal by March..... It might seem stupid but I cant help but let the scale dictate how my mind perceives how well I am doing. And I don't see weight loss changes in my body either. 1200 calories a day - and nothing!!!!
CoffeeNCardio wrote: »
I found a very happy middle ground. I weigh twice a day (don't panic, this ends well). Once in the morning after restroom, once at night after restroom, just before bed. If there is a significant difference in morning to night over the course of a few days: water weight. Most days not surrounding TOM, it's the exact same morning and night, and that's my motivation right there. Those days, if they are lower than the week before, I know I can trust the number and it's really gratifying:) I also, as a woman, go out of my way to weigh in the last day of TOM because that is consistently the day of the month that I am the thinnest visually as well as the lightest weight-wise. Then I can gauge the daily numbers against that constant to find the general downward trend:)
pitbullmamaliz wrote: »
I find myself fascinated with the ups and downs my body can do. I weigh daily and log daily in the Happy Scales app, but I'm only logging losses here (it's all psychological, LOL). Prior times I tried to lose weight, I'd only weigh once a week. But now, after weighing daily, I've learned so much more about my body.
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