When you want to lose weight, a scale is not your best friend

It turns out – your best friend is food!

Many factors will cause the scale to show a change in your weight. You could be 5 pounds lighter just by staying in a sauna for 30 minutes and sweating. But this type of weight loss returns once the body is hydrated again. You need to remind yourself that you are trying to lose fat permanently, not simply weight temporarily.

So, be careful not to be trapped in the ‘trick of the scale.’

Most people who work out are obsessed with weighing themselves to see their progress. Then, if the scale does not display the results they were looking for, they get frustrated and often fall off track. You probably have experienced times when you don’t lose weight consistently, even though you are making healthy food choices and sticking to your exercise plan. Worry not, my friend.

Everyone’s body is different.

Some people have an easy time losing weight, and some do not. In most cases, losing weight will not be consistent. One way to avoid the frustration of normal fluctuations in your weight is to weigh yourself less often. Instead of daily or weekly weigh-ins, go for every other week or monthly. Switch your focus from weighing yourself to weighing the benefits of eating grilled chicken vs. sloppy joe and going for a walk vs watching tv.

People tend to think that eating less (less carbohydrates, less sugar, less fat, less that and less this) will help when it comes to losing weight fast. In many cases though, these people end up not eating enough. They deprive their bodies of the nutrients it needs most, not to mention running the risk of malnutrition. This does not make the scale report back lighter numbers. Not eating enough causes your metabolism to slowdown. Then your body will store up as much food as it can because it thinks it is starving.

Eventually, you end up gaining more weight instead of losing it. No matter how hard you exercise, if you don’t eat well, the results will suffer. If you want to lose FAT, eat well balanced meals that provide your body with the right amount of nutrition for your body to work properly. This, combined with adequate exercise, will burn the fat right off of you. And, when you burn fat, you will lose weight and be healthy at the same time.