There are many reasons as to why you shouldn’t weigh yourself every day, in this blog we will tell you why doing so is ineffective in your journey to becoming fitter, stronger, and healthier.
Weight isn’t just a number
Weight changes day to day – you don’t stay the same strict weight day in day out. Everything from bloating to hormones to a late night meal can affect the number on the scales. Progress takes time – you can’t expect to lose weight after a few days at the gym. Remember, numbers don’t always equal health – everything comes into play regarding your weight. Muscle, for example, weighs a lot.
Fitness isn’t just about fat
There are many other ways to monitor your fitness – everything from how easy you find it to sleep, controlling unhealthy cravings, and your energy levels.
You are losing ‘water’ weight – Here is an interesting fact, you may think by restricting your carb intake, lowers the number on the scale; however, carbs are mostly water weight. Let me explain:
High in carbohydrates foods such as pasta, is full of glycogen. Glycogen is a short-term energy source that your body utilises for a quick burst of energy. However, carbs go hand in hand with water; for around 3 grams of water will ‘bond’ to each gram of glycogen. So, if you lose weight by cutting out the carbs, chances are, you will put the pounds on again quickly if you eat a sneaky spaghetti bolognese rather than incorporating regular healthy cards into your diet.
Another culprit is sodium – or salt to you and I. Salt causes water retention (water weight) especially for those who are sodium sensitive.
You might not sprinkle of salt on your food, but there is salt in everything from soup to meat, cheese, and peanut butter.
Our prescriptions are well known for causing weight gain (or loss). A prime culprit for women is the pill – it is often reported that is leads to a change in weight, skin, and mental health. Other medications such as antidepressants and blood pressure reducing drugs are often linked to weight gain too.
There are many reasons why meds can cause weight gain or loss, including:
The ingredients can stimulate appetite causing you to consume more calories
They can change how your metabolism works – meaning you may start to burn calories slowly
For women, weight gain is a side effect of their menstrual cycle. Bloating, cravings, and hormones can lead to potential weight gain which is likely to subside after the cycle finishes.
The most important factor to remember is that weight loss is a work in progress and that there is a difference in fat, muscle, and water weight. Limit your time on the scales especially at the start of your fitness journey, and remember that fitness is more than just a number.
It’s worth being aware of how your body processes work so you don’t let worrying about your weight stand in the way of hitting your fitness goals. To get a better understanding of what works for you and a tailored fitness and diet plan, get in touch with me today on 07583163150 to arrange a consultation.