Why bathroom scales don't tell the truth

Like it or not, you probably have a firm idea in your head of how much you weigh. It’s a number that can feel all-important, especially when you finally reach a target weight or realise with dismay that it’s crept up higher than you’d like. So if you got that number from your bathroom scales, the chances are it’s totally wrong.

Nothing can wreck a good attitude or motivation like those numbers on the scale, so don’t let them take over or break you down and knock your confidence.

There are four major reasons why the numbers on your scales are not a true reflection of your weight loss:

 

🦋 Menstrual cycle. Bloating, cramps, swelling, mood swings, cravings, binge eating, and yes, weight gain! And of course water retention. During your menstrual cycle our bodies hold onto fluids like a drought is coming and the best advice is not to weigh yourself at this time.

🦋 The weight of food. The optimal time to weigh yourself is first thing in the morning, when you don’t have any food or liquids in your system. Everything you ingest not only has calories, but it also has some weight to it. The lowest calorie foods can sometimes be the heaviest! You will weigh more after taking in large amounts of fluid and weigh less after a big effort in which your body perspires.

🦋 Waste in your system. We are constantly carrying around bodily waste. This is the waste that has been in your colon and small intestine for a long time. As the waste builds up in your digestive tract, it will cause you to weigh more on the scale. You may have heard of people losing a few pounds after doing a colon cleanse. Well, they didn’t lose body-fat weight; they lost waste. While a colon cleanse isn’t for everyone, increasing the amount of fibre in your diet to flush your waste system also can give a similar effect.

🦋 Lean muscle tissue. As you start doing exercise and light weight-bearing exercise you will gain more lean muscle tissue, which weighs more than fat. So you may actually gain weight. Even though the numbers on the scale may not be moving, it doesn’t mean that you’re not getting smaller. Muscle is more dense than fat, so it takes up less space. You can be in a smaller pants size, but still not be any lighter on the scale.

 

Now that you know that the scales do tell the occasional fib, and that weight is only a number, you can view your weight fluctuations with a less critical eye. No matter what the scales say, make an effort to tell yourself that you've got this and you're on the right track. 

 

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xx The Tammy Fit Team