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Why you should avoid jumping on a weight scale everyday?

First, weight can fluctuate over the course of a 24-48 hour period. Your weight will be different depending on what you ate, how much water you drank, the amount of sodium in your food, what kind of clothing you wear, and what time of the day you weigh yourself. A healthy weight loss goal would be 1-2 pounds a week or 3 pounds if you’re on the heavier side. Your successful weight loss could be hidden by any number of circumstances that falsify the statistics. Therefore the display on your scale is just a number, and it can be wildly inaccurate over a short period of time. (Steve Kamb, 2016)

Second, your weight does not tell the whole story. You probably have heard that muscle weighs more than fat and that’s true. Someone could lose about 30 pounds in 3 month with losing about the same amount of fat and muscle or could lose about 15 pounds with majority of the weight lost from fat. If you only compare the scales, you may think 30 ponds is more successful than 15 ponds. However, when you compare the type of weight lost, it’s clear to see which three month period was more successful. Try lifting heavy weights, eating healthy and going for long walks, you will lose your fat and keep your muscle. (Steve Kamb, 2016)

Third, the scale does not define you. Don’t get too caught up in the numbers game, and instead be proud of what you have accomplished. Maybe now you can run around the track without stopping or you don’t get winded going up and down the stairs or you may be able to do more push ups than before. Whatever they may be, these are all important achievements. Keep your mind focused on a strength building or endurance goal, then you won’t have to worry so much about the dumb scale. (Steve Kamb, 2016)


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