Five Reasons to Stop Weighting Yourself Everyday

Five Reasons to Stop Weighting Yourself Everyday

Losing weight can be difficult. You will have to stop so many things, like eating your favorite food and also calling it quits with other things that you like. You’ll want these efforts to yield fruits, and this will make you start weighing yourself every day to track your progress. The results may inspire you until one day you find yourself heavier by 10 pounds making your efforts look wasted.

You probably got discouraged because you were weighing yourself too much and thought your efforts weren’t matching up with the results you’re getting. Below are five reasons why you should stop weighing yourself every day.

#1: You’re confusing weight loss with fat loss

A lot of people usually confuse weight loss with fat loss. While losing weight isn’t much of hard work, losing fat is more difficult. Fat loss also depends on a lot of factors, and also takes more time to achieve. When you lose weight, you lose other components too that make up your weight and how much of these components you lose depends on how obese or thin you are. This means that you can drop weight regularly but losing actual fat may take time.

#2: Your changing glycogen can cause massive weight swings in either direction

Your body weight can fluctuate by a great deal on a daily basis – sometimes up to a few pounds. This fluctuation is usually caused by a change in the level of glycogen in your body. Changes in glycogen level are normal, and while they can make it look like you’re achieving results with your weight loss program, it isn’t usually the case.

#3: You’re retaining water due to your salt intake

Salt also known as sodium is associated with water retention, and it is the job of your kidneys to expel unneeded salt out of your body. You’ll be temporarily be holding onto extra water until your kidney can do that. If the amount of water and sodium you take changes habitually, you’ll be holding onto differing quantities of water, which will cause fluctuations in your daily weight. So if your salt intake is high, expect to experience a temporary weight gain – this does not indicate that your efforts are in vain.

#4: Your muscle gains are outweighing your fat loss

If weightlifting is part of your strategy to burn fat, then you’re on the right track – as it is a great way of protecting and preserving muscle loss as you lose fat from your frame.

But if you’re entirely new to weightlifting and you’re pushing yourself hard, the reading on the scale may surprise you instead of impressing you. Your weight might not go down. It will go up because as you’re losing fat, you are replacing that weight with muscle. Although your body fat percentage will go down, your weight may not go down. This is another major reason why you should weighing yourself every day.

#5: You’re weighing yourself under different condition at different times of the day

The scale will deceive you if you weigh yourself at different times of the day without being consistent. There are a lot of things that influences the weight. Things like food and water increase the body’s weight during the day. These foods and drinks also produce wastes which contribute to weight gains. You can also experience weight loss during the day if you have just finished exercising. This is because the body has lost a lot of body fluid through sweats.

So instead of letting the scale scare you, look for consistent gradual changes in your weight every 2 – 4 weeks. Also get your body composition analyzed and track your body fat percentage. This is because the different elements that make up your weight can fluctuate for various reasons.  Checking your weight by tracking your body composition is a better way of determining how you’re meeting your aims.

Five Weight Loss Myths – BUSTED

Five Weight Loss Myths – BUSTED

#1: To Maximize Fat Burn, Do Cardio Workouts in the “Fat Burning Zone.”

This myth is based on a misinterpretation about where the body gets energy during exercise. The body has two sources of energy during exercise: glycogen and fat stores. At lower intensities, the body tends to prefer drawing energy from fat stores. This is because the body doesn’t burn more fat during this period. This means that in the “fat burning zone,” the body burns a greater proportion of fat but less fat overall. High-intensity exercise, on the other hand, will burn more calories after the workout is completed.

The takeaway: Focus on burning as many calories as possible to lose fat.

#2: Doing cardio on an empty stomach is the secret to burning fat

It is true that the body gets its energy from two sources during aerobic exercise – fat tissues and carbohydrates.

The body will first burn glycogen during aerobic exercise and then metabolize fat for energy. Although it may sound logical to say that if you don’t eat anything before cardio, you’ll have no glycogen from carbs and your body will start burning fat, a 2010 study have shown otherwise. It showed that in a comparison of healthy men and women who trained either with or without eating before steady state cardio, that the difference in carbohydrate or fat use between the groups who fasted overnight and the groups who were fed was insignificant.

Although doing cardio on an empty stomach could yield results for some people, it is still not a recipe to maximize loss of fat.

The takeaway: Don’t stress about eating/not eating before cardio.  Focus on high-intensity workouts and burning calories if you want to burn fat.

#3: The best way to lose weight is to do lots of cardio, cut calories, and avoid weight lifting

This being one of the most common myths about fat loss and weight loss: it holds that the key to a skinny physique is lots of extremely long cardio sessions in addition to a severe reduction in calorie consumption and avoiding weight lifting.  This myth primarily targeted at women fills gyms worldwide. It is true that modest calorie intake and cardio will burn fat and lead to weight loss. But the extremes people take with these strategies can jeopardize your aims. Aerobic exercises too will also burn fat and lead to loss of weight. But burning just fat alone can be tough. If your aim is to lose weight alone through cardio, the chances are that you’ll also lose muscle and water together with fat mass.

Weight loss can also result from cutting calories. But as stated earlier, a lot of people go to extremes doing this and it can have adverse effects.

The takeaway: If you want to be fit, try eating healthy food in healthy amounts, not skipping dinner and be consistent in your exercises. 

#4: Eating at night makes you fat

For a long time, eating at has been linked with weight gain. But the fact today remains that calorie is calorie, not minding when or how you eat it. What this means is that you’ll gain weight if the amount of calories you consume is greater than the amount you burn regardless of whether you take these calories by 12 am.

The takeaway: It’s the amount of calories that matter, not the time.

#5: “If you want a 6-pack, it’s all about crunches.”

Crunches won’t reduce fat on specific spots on your stomach since they only engage a percentage of your abdominal muscles and they can put a strain on your lower back and hip flexors. Crunches don’t build 6-Packs. Instead low body fat does. 1,000 crunches per day is an ineffective overkill.

The takeaway: Focus on getting very lean and reducing your body fat percentage for a 6-pack.