If you’re trying to lose weight, we definitely don’t blame you. However, it’s the mental attitude that we have when we’re trying to shed a few pounds that will make all of the difference.
The best tip that we can give you right here, right now is that you need to set the scale aside. Far too often people get way too obsessed with what the scale says. For starters, if you find yourself gaining weight while you’re on a diet and exercise plan, you might be surprised to find that you’re actually not doing the wrong things. You’re actually building muscle. You’re actually getting stronger with each step, and that’s a good thing! Muscle is good because you’re burning more calories through muscle than if you just had fat.
Instead of getting a regular bathroom scale, you might want to go ahead and get a fancier scale that allows you to measure your body fat percentage. Of course, this is going to be a rough estimate — the only way to do a full on body assessment is in a lab with specialized equipment. This is very costly and it’s not going to really make too much of a difference. Even if all you have is a bathroom scale with body fat measuring, you’re still pretty much good to go.
Don’t think that you have to give up the scale completely, but setting it aside is a good idea. Stick to a schedule when it comes to weighing yourself. Weekly or monthly is a lot better than daily, due to the body’s natural fluctuations. You don’t want to get deep into a weight loss program and get discouraged because the scale isn’t moving as fast as you like.
Focus on health first, and the rest will definitely follow — we promise!