Stand off with your scale

Don’t be discouraged if your weight fluctuates day by day. Water retention, digestive issues, and even the amount of food you just ate can influence the daily variations you see on the scale.

Daily weight changes are particularly common during , when your body is adjusting to the new way of eating. You may also notice that you weigh more immediately after a meal. This is due to the actual weight of the food! Remember that it takes time for your body to digest what you’ve eaten, and it can take a couple of days for weight loss or weight gain to register on the scale. To avoid confusion and disappointment, weigh yourself only once a week and look to other milestones to help determine your weight-loss success. Take pride in how much healthier you feel and how much better your clothes are fitting rather than simply looking at the scale. Here are some other ways you can measure success:

* Your overall health has improved
* You feel more energized
* You’re sleeping better (seems too close to scale measuring)
* You “crave” healthy meals and snacks
* You don’t crave junk food
* You have come to enjoy exercising
* People say you look great!

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