When you’re on your weight loss journey, the scale can either be your best friend or worst enemy. But as tempting as it seems to track those numbers on the scale, there are a few instances where the scale should be avoided.
Daily weigh-ins can be dangerous because, at times, it can become highly discouraging and even counterproductive. Now, I’m not saying that the scale is not important, but the weight loss journey is even more important. Here are four times when you should consider ignoring the scale:
When you’re constipated: Constipation can be common and occurs for a variety reasons. Constipation causes the bowels to retain stool which will, in turn, l add numbers to the scale. If your bowel movements are not as regular as they once were, avoid the scale and contact your health care provider.
When your menstrual cycle begins: Many women complain of bloating and excess weight in the days prior to and during their menstrual cycle. It can be common for women to notice that they weigh more during this time of the month due to increased water retention as a result of hormone fluctuations. To avoid inaccurate readings, avoid stepping on the scale around the time of your period.
At the end of the day: Typically, our weight is most accurate first thing in the morning after we’ve used the bathroom and before we eat breakfast. When we’ve properly hydrated and eaten all throughout the day, the scale will naturally weigh in higher.
If it reinforces negativity: It’s good to use the scale to track your progress; however, it can be defeating if we only equate our progress with a numerical reading on the scale. Many people may not realize that muscle mass weighs the same as fat. So if you’ve increased your workout routine and lost fat while building muscle, the value on the scale may not change or may even increase. However, those with negative perceptions may not see the big picture achievements and may resort to other unhealthy and quick-fix methods in an effort to lose weight fast.
It is important to choose healthy methods to track success such as inches lost, endurance gained, amount of water consumed, number of days consistently exercising or amount of hours peacefully slept. If getting on the scale makes you feel worse rather than better, take a brief break from the scale and try monthly weigh-ins instead.
Weighing yourself is only part of the weight loss journey that should be done at healthy times. Sometimes you have to just temporarily ditch the scale and enjoy the journey.
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