The number on the scales is not always the best way to measure our weight loss success!
In fact, BIG CHANGES may be happening to your body, with very little number change on the scales!
Cat Christ, who is an avid 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge user, knows about this all too well. Here, she reveals what she does when the scales don’t move.
Mum who lost 32kg reveals why she no longer takes no notice of the scale
Cat – who has lost an incredible 32kg on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge – says mums should not feel disheartened if they don’t see the numbers on the scales moving after a while.
“Let’s face it, the scales are going to stop reflecting your hard work at some point,” she says.
“It might be because of muscle gain or some other force, but more than likely, we are going to experience this frustrating and testing time.
“Whether you are beginning your journey or towards the end of your journey, it is extremely important to use other measures of progress rather than just the scales.”
The beautiful mum says she used to wake up feeling super happy and full of energy, only to feel down after not seeing the number on the scales drop.
Cat says she used to be a serial weigher: “I would weigh in EVERY DAY.”
“I became obsessed with number on the scales, to the point it would dictate my life in a negative way, so I had to sit back and look at my journey from another point of view.
“It wasn’t until I learnt your body changes every single day and weighing in more than once a week is not an accurate gauge of your progress.”
Cat’s tips for ignoring the number on the scales
1. Take progress photos instead
“My favourite measuring tool is progress photos. Take a front and side view pic on your phone. You don’t have to even show anyone, but this way you can compare your pics.”
Cat suggests looking at your photos when you aren’t feeling motivated to remind yourself of how far you’ve come.
2. Take note of baggier clothes
“When you notice your clothes are getting too big and you need a new wardrobe, don’t throw everything out. See a piece that used to fit you or used to be tight.
“Then try on these clothes again and you will realise how much you have dropped – even when the number on the scales isn’t reflecting your efforts.”
3. Trust your judgement
“If you know you’ve been consistent with your exercise regime and healthy eating, then fear not – the scales WILL move. Consistency is the key and nothing happens over night.
“You’ve got this, and you certainly haven’t come this far to let a set of bathroom scales tell you that you’re done.”
Thanks for the awesome advice, Cat!
Other reasons the scales may not move:
1. Menstrual cycle
Bloating, cramps, swelling, mood swings, cravings, binge eating, and yes, weight gain! And of course water retention.
When it’s that time of the month, our bodies hold onto fluids like a drought is coming and the best advice is not to weigh yourself when you’re on your period.
2. The weight of food
The optimal time to weigh yourself is first thing in the morning, when you don’t have any food or liquids in your system. Everything you ingest not only has calories, but it also has some weight to it.
The lowest calorie foods can sometimes be the heaviest. You will weigh more after taking in large amounts of fluid and weigh less after a big effort in which your body perspires.
3. Waste in your system
We are constantly carrying around bodily waste. This is the waste that has been in your colon and small intestine for a long time. As the waste builds up in your digestive tract, it will cause you to weigh more on the scale.
You may have heard of people losing a few pounds after doing a colon cleanse. Well, they didn’t lose body-fat weight; they lost waste. While a colon cleanse isn’t for everyone, increasing the amount of fibre in your diet to flush your waste system also can give a similar effect.
4. Lean muscle tissue
As you start doing exercise and light weight-bearing exercise you will gain more lean muscle tissue, which weighs more than fat. So you may actually gain weight.
Even though the numbers on the scale may not be moving, it doesn’t mean that you’re not getting smaller. Muscle is more dense than fat, so it takes up less space. You can be in a smaller pants size, but still not be any lighter on the scale.
Ask yourself this: Would you rather fill your jeans with 3kg of fat or 3kg of lean, toned muscle? Which looks better in a bathing suit?
This extra lean muscle tissue has its benefits. Not only will you appear smaller, but muscle will help boost your metabolism too.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge that the scales does tell the occasional fib, and that weight is only a number, you can view your weight fluctuations with a less critical eye.
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