Throw Out the Scale…

…Well at least for a moment. If you just started dieting and exercising, the scale won’t have any good news for you. I have had countless people ask, “Why am I not losing weight, it’s been a week and I’ve been working hard?”

Weight is arbitrary, measurements and the “look” tests are more logical.

Instead of always checking the scale, measure your waist, thighs, and arms. As you workout more and more, you will find that your weight will fluctuate. Your measurements, in contrast, improve as long as you stay focused on your fitness.

Take a look in the mirror. Take pictures of yourself every two or three weeks. This will give you a better gauge of your progress.

Believe me, constantly stepping on the scale only provides a couple different results; a false sense of weight loss, or a small gain that’ll cause you to want to give up. Be patient about the weight and just keep trudging along and working hard.

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  1. [...] The scale is not the only measure of results. Sometimes it lies or doesn’t change. Did you run a little farther today? Did you walk a little faster? Did you hold that plank a little longer? Did you do more sit ups, pushups, or burpees today? So many other success measurements exist, don’t get stuck hoping the scale will change. Also, set short term goals that can be measured daily, such as; I will walk for 10 minutes today. I will eat 4 servings of vegetables today. I will replace my lunch time soda with a glass of water. At the end of the day, assess your progress. [...]

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