Monday, June 1, 2009

Is Your Scale Ruining Your Weight Loss?

Is your scale ruining your weight loss?

Are you one of those people who is constantly stepping on the scale every day, or even several times a day? You could be sabotaging yourself. Studies have shown that people who step on the scale at least once a day are more likely to become frustrated and give up on their goals of obtaining a healthy weight. It makes it harder to stick to the plan if you see your weight go up one day, let's face it, it will not go down every day.

Studies show that people who weigh themselves every day become obsessed with their weight and resort to unhealthy means to try to reach their goal weight. They often times resort to binging and purging, skipping meals, smoking, prescription diet pills, or laxatives. Those who frequently weigh themselves tend to gain more weight than those who weigh less often.

The problem with weighing frequently it that a person's weight can vary drastically from day to day, or even hour to hour. If you weigh first thing in the morning your going to weigh less than if you weigh in the evening because in the morning you have an empty stomach and my even be a little dehydrated. But by later in the day you have eaten and replenished your fluid level which will of course make your weight higher. Another factor in varying weight for women is hormones. Hormone variations can cause the scale to tip in a way not reflective of your overall healthy weight. If you are bloated with your menstrual cycle, that extra water is going to look like wight gain, when it really isn't.

The appropriate way to weigh yourself - it is recommended that you weigh yourself no more than once a week, be sure to do this at the same time each time so that there is consistency in your measurements.

If you find that you are not reaching your goal weight than it is time to take a close look at your diet and exercise plan and switch some things. We'll discuss this more later this week.

So only grace your scale with your presence once this week, okay!

Blessings for a Glorious Day!

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