There are plenty of people who will tell you to throw away your scale. Or even better, to smash it with a hammer. And while I can appreciate that advice, for the most part I don’t agree. In fact, the majority of my clients weigh themselves at least a few times per week, if not every day. And while I more so take into account pictures, measurements, fit of clothes, and how they feel when measuring progress, weight is still a useful piece of data. But I do make sure to educate them on all of the factors I listed here, so they don’t freak out if they see the number go up one day. Even still, I realise the scale can really mess with your head. Especially when you know you’re doing all the right things to make the number drop, yet it still seems to fluctuate from day to day. Please know this. The scale is not the end all be all marker of progress, and there are so many variables that can make it look like you’re actually gaining weight, when in fact you are still on the right on track. We don’t live in a vacuum, and our bodies are constantly being exposed to the elements so to speak, which will make for daily fluctuations. Rarely will our weight ever stay static, nor will it drop consistently day after day. There are days when it might stay the exact same, days when it might spike up as much as a few pounds, and days where it will drop. - It’s all completely normal, and the faster you can shift your mindset and learn to accept that as truth, the easier it will be for you to stay sane if you do choose to use it as a tool. So the next time you hop on the scale and find yourself feeling frantic because you see the number has spiked, run through some of these situations and see if any apply. Chances are, at least one of them will. But I can promise one thing, you did NOT gain pounds of fat overnight. That’s pretty much impossible.
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