We all know those people who step on the scale EVERYDAY! Obsession with the scale can either MAKE OR BREAK your day. So what kinds of things influence the scale, what should you look for, when is the best time to weigh, and how long should you wait before weighing again?
* WATER- Many people intrinsically believe that water will bloat them. However, it’s just the opposite!!! Not drinking enough water bloats you. The body will hold onto water thinking that you are deprived. Causing your body to swell and retain water. Drinking enough water throughout the whole day reassures your body that it is getting a consistent source of fluids.
* SALT – Although salt is in everything… it’s a source of water retention. NEVER salt your foods. There is plenty of salt in foods naturally. Excess salt causes water retention.
* YOUR CYCLE– Of course if you are a women, and it’s that time of the month your body can store excess water causing the scale to jump up in a matter of hours! NEVER weigh yourself when you are getting near your time of the month… it will devastate you!
* Refined Sugar and Excess Carbs– It’s a common fact that carbs hold and retain water. I’m not suggesting Atkins… however just be aware that if you eat a lot of carbs the night before you weigh yourself then you won’t be pleased in the morning! However, carbs are not the enemy! You need carbs to live and workout.
COMMON QUESTIONS ANSWERED….
When should you weigh? Weighing in the morning with the least amount of clothes is the most accurate!
What should you look for? A gradual increase in weight means TRUE weight gain. An immediate jump in your weight could mean you … didn’t drink enough water the day before, ate too much salt, your going to start your cycle or you ate carbs that retained water.
How often should you weigh? A good judge for your “true” weight is every THREE WEEKS. This gives your body enough time to change and a more accurate picture of what is REALLY going on.
Don’t’ ruin your day by stepping on the scale EVERY morning. It’s not going to be an accurate depiction of your real weight. Remember that changing your body isn’t about the scale .. it’s more about your body composition and your measurements. The scale is just a number; it doesn’t show you how healthy or lean you are … just how light or heavy you are!!!