My Scales Are Killing Me! 3 Reasons to weigh yourself less often…

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The weighing scales; friend or foe? Are your scales killing you?Weigh In

For many, I imagine, there is a love/hate relationship when it comes to weighing themselves. When they tell you something great (you’ve lost weight) they are wonderful but when they tell you nothing has changed (even after all your hard work) or worse still, your weight has increased, all you want to do is scream ‘My scales are killing me!’

Here are a 3 simple points to consider when it comes to weighing in…

1. Your weigh in day makes a difference
If jumping on the scales is important to you (and I would argue that daily or even weekly frequency is not necessary) select a day that is more likely to deliver positive news. For example Monday morning is not usually the best day. Why? It is the first day after the weekend and chances are if you have derailed from whatever health plan you are following, it will have occurred over the weekend. So Monday isn’t likely to be on your side!

In a study published in January 2014 at Cornell University (in collaboration with researchers from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Tampere University of Technology) it showed;

“A person’s weight is typically at the highest point after weekends, on Sunday and Monday”

If you are going to weigh yourself each week consider Friday as the ideal day. You’ll have had more time to stick to your health plan and it will be pre weekend. Now this isn’t about kidding yourself but you do need to feel encouraged to take care of your health; good results will motivate you to keep on track.

2. Understand your weight can fluctuate by 4 pounds (2 kilos) in a single day
It makes no sense at all to weigh yourself on a daily basis. Your weight is changing constantly through the day so depending on whether you hit lucky hour or not, will pretty much determine how good or bad you’ll feel after the weigh in.

Consider weighing in bi-weekly and do it at the same time with the same level of hydration (and clothes!)

3. Know that weight loss cycles exist
Just as we have sleep cycles, we have weight loss cycles. Most people lose weight during the week and put weight on over the weekend. Just as what happens to you during the course of your day can affect your sleep pattern it can also affect your weight.

Become more aware of the habits you have on certain days (do certain environments, people, time of day affect what you eat?) What triggers your moods positively or negatively and how does that affect your eating?

Don’t let the scales take over your life. They are just one way to check what is happening with your body. Body measurements (when done correctly) give you a much clearer picture of the changes being made (reduced waist line, firmer legs, etc). And remember that muscle outweighs fat! So even if you are sticking to your health plan, doing exercise and being consistently on track, you may well experience weight gain as you get into shape… And that is not a bad thing!

Are my scales killing me? Not anymore…! How are yours fairing?

To Your Health!
YvonneB

Growing Healthy

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Hands up, I have neglected my blog for some time. Now usually this GrowingHealthywould demand some serious telling off of self however I have been on a growth spurt, what I lovingly call ‘Growing Healthy’!

With my student hat firmly in place I have taken some time away from writing to:

  • Become an Advanced Weight Loss Practitioner
  • Complete several nutrition courses
  • Complete an Effective Leadership through Emotional Intelligence course

Oh, and to write another book ‘Feeling Fab At 50’ (because I will be in 2015!)

Learning is such a game changer. Just when you think you know enough about a topic to do it justice, boom, you turn a few more pages and suddenly realise how much more growing you can do… I love it!

Whilst enriching my mind (and in turn enriching my life) I wanted to share one of my favourite finds in the world of nutrition; the top ten superfoods!

A superfood is, by definition, a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. And if you’d like to grab a list to remind yourself or to share with someone who would benefit from the knowledge just click on SUPERFOODS and access your copy.

And my top tip for wellbeing

‘If you want to get truly fit get truly healthy’

Growing Healthy J

YvonneB