Weight loss is always such a hot topic. I’ve worked with so many people that get SO discouraged if they don’t see the number on the scale heading in the direction they’d like it to. And I get it, people are working HARD to lose weight! It is discouraging. They are counting so much on seeing that number move to get a sense that it is all paying off. Often we get so hung up on that number we get extremely discouraged if we are up even a pound. The difficult thing- there are so many factors that contribute to that number! Here are a few areas you may not think to look at usually.
Fluids- This can have a big impact. If you are not drinking much water this is something everyone can fairly easily increase. Why is it so necessary? Think about this- Our bodies only function properly when hydrated, cells can’t carry away waste effeciently if they dehydrated. The fluid acts as lubrication for everything to move as it should.Think of gravy, it’s thicker than water and when it sets up it isn’t very free flowing, so things aren’t able to move through it.
Foods- Not only the calories but the quality of those calories. It’s not so simple as calories in vs. out. We have to start looking at the macronutrients.
Small bites- By this I mean eating those fries on your kid’s plate they didn’t finish. Tasting your way through cooking dinner only to find you aren’t hungry anymore once it is done. This one is different than the others mentioned above but also can play a big factor. Those calories add up fast!
Your emotional relationship with food– This is something we don’t often realize. Do you tend to want to reward yourself with a chocolate chip cookie after you reach your goal? If you have a rough day at work, do you seek comfort in a pint of ice cream? If you use food as a means to feel good, this is something you’ll need to address. Unfortunately, you can do everything right and lose weight, but if you’re still often using food to feel good it can erase your hard work.
At times it can be difficult, but always look at other methods to see whether you are improving. A real test is how your clothing fit. Also, tune in to how do you feel.
So the next time you step on the scale and are feeling like all of your hard work isn’t paying off, know there are other ways to determine your progress. Sometimes simply putting on those jeans that didn’t fit a month ago can help you see the difference. There are so many factors that come into consideration with weight loss. We all lose in different ways!
The moral of this story is- Don’t let yourself get so attached to that number on the scale! Remember slow and steady wins the race. If you find yourself overly fixated take a break from weighing.
I hope this helps! Happy Friday! ?