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Jan 20

The Weight-Loss “Demon”

The Weight-Loss “Demon”

If you are trying to lose weight, chances are you are controlled by the number you are seeing on the scales. I sometimes think of scales as the “demon!”

Many people I speak to are obsessively weighing themselves every day in the hope that the number on that scale will magically fall by 2 or 3 kilograms overnight.

Although you have heard many people say it, it is imperative that you restrain yourself and, if you have to, jump on the scales once a week ONLY. Our bodies are very complicated machines and there are many influencing factors on that number on the scale.

People who are on a weight-loss journey often find that the number on the scale either won’t budge, or that it frustratingly and heart-breakingly creeps up from the day before.

If you are weighing yourself daily, there are countless factors that may see that number on the scale fluctuate by up to 2 kilograms in one day! Some of these factors are as follows:-

  • consumption of a big meal;
  • excess salt or sodium intake;
  • hormones;
  • “that time of the month”;
  • bowel movements;
  • Exercise;
  • Eating a large meal;
  • Inaccurate scales; or
  • water retention.

It is important to know that the excess number on the scale does NOT necessarily mean that you have gained body fat, but could be attributable to any one of the above factors.

Often when people are trying to lose weight, they become disheartened very easily. Weighing yourself everyday and seeing those numbers either stand still, or increase slightly, can be a real mental blow and may see someone lose heart and have a “blow-out”….

It is therefore important NOT to weigh yourself daily; but if you are intent on using the scales, cut down those weigh-ins to weekly occurrences, and start taking your measurements, as they are a more accurate indicator of your progress.

When I measure my girls to track their progress, I take their measurements and also use scales that determine body fat percentage, water content, visceral fat, metabolic age and bone mass. I only do these measurements every 4 weeks.

So although it is extremely tempting, please do yourselves a favour and limit your weigh-ins to ONCE A WEEK and start taking your measurements (waist, glutes and hips) for a more accurate indicator of your weight-loss progress.

If you would like more information on the above, please email me at exquisitefitnessbrisbane@gmail.com.