9 reasons the scales go up 🤬
“I just need to see the scales move”
“I didn’t lose anything despite everything I’ve done.. what’s the point? 🤬”
^^^ just a few of the messages I get when it comes to the scales
But I just wanted to share the results of a recent study .
Showing that those that the more often someone attempted to lose 5lbs, the less likely you are to die from all causes…
And this was also consistent even if people actually ended up heavier.
So cut yourself some slack.
I get it.
Weight loss is motivating .
But just because it hasn’t happened yet, it doesn’t mean it’s pointless..
And that’s something we are big on
Because what if you were one day away from seeing the results you wanted to but you gave up?
What if you didn’t see all of other wins you have achieved?
Like one of the ladies posted in our private group this week:
But back to the scales
why can the scales go UP and down when you’re dieting?
1) You’ve started eating more fruit and vegetables –
Fibre is hard for your body to breakdown.
^^^ It can make you gassy and bloated
This also means you hold more water.
So, consider that you’re probably going to eat different amounts of fibre everyday – which can impact your weight!
The good news?
Over time, your body will probably get better at handling your increased fibre intake, you’ll feel more full and stop craving more sugary, higher fat snacks foods which could help you lose FAT so you fit your clothes better!
2) You’ve started drinking more fluids –
Yep, another positive habit could be making you put on more weight (at least in the short term)
^^^ Be it from tea, coffee, water, squash (or even diet coke…)
I mean, you exercise one day and maybe not the next.
You may sweat a lot one day (weather / exercise) and not so much the next.
The good news?
Over time, your body will better regulate this increased fluid intake, you’ll feel more full and satisfied, and may have more energy and even better digestion
3) You eat more salt one day compared to another –
Perhaps you started preparing your meals?
Maybe you’ve started keeping higher protein snacks in the fridge, like smoked salmon, turkey ham, eggs, cheese, natural yoghurt?
Maybe you’ve been making some wraps with some cold meats?
So you’ve been trying to increase your protein intake (which helps you get that more leaner look and keeps you more full up)
But by doing so you may have increased your sodium intake – making you hold more water and increasing your weight!
Perhaps you got a takeaway<<< who probably don’t care about the salt intake as long as you don’t complain…😆
4) You ate higher carbs than normal today or a few days prior –
For every gram of carbs stored in your body…
You pull about 3-4 g of water into your muscles which can mean you gain water weight!
This is not fat…
5) Sleep –
Some members of our Kickstart programme will report LIGHTER body weights on the weekends.
Because they can sleep in (a bit) more
^^^ unless I’m knocking on their virtual door at 715 as the wake up call…scary thought, I know
So consider this:
If you’re in bed for a bit longer during the night. Perhaps have a lay in. You may get up a few more times in the night and actually PEE more than normal.
Get rid of more water.
So, if during the week, you say, get only 5 hours of sleep a night…
You’ll pee less during the night (and / or first thing in the morning)
And the time between your last meal on the day before and your weigh in is shorter
^^^ Meaning your body may still be digesting the food!
6) You weren’t consistent with time and day –
Did you weight yourself at the same time?
Did you go to the bathroom before weighing yourself in the morning?
Same underwear / pyjamas?
Did you weigh yourself later in the day?
7) You’ve started a new exercise programme –
This is a new stimulus on your muscle.
It ‘stresses’ your body.
But when you rest…
The magic happens.
Your body repairs the muscles (you may feel a bit achey)
Now, this process burns calories and will help you LOSE FAT!!!
This ‘magic process’ AKA muscle soreness / recovery may mean that you increase your body weight (at least in the short term)
Because you’re holding more water in the muscle to help your body REPAIR!
Which is a bit like your immune system when you’re struggling with hayfever,(which we may get around soon with the birds tweeting in the morning and the evenings getting lighter )
Your skin when you’re sunburnt!!!
8) You haven’t done what you said you would do –
This one HURTS.
It makes us reflect on what WE have (or have not) actually done.
Have you done what you said you would do?
9) Menstrual cycle –
You know better than me…
That pre-menstrual phase ‘bloat’ can leave you holding more water (and craving carbs…)
To sum up:
It’s for these 9 reasons why the scale is NOT your dictator (it’s one of many) and not your boss.
And why – in my opinion – :
* Progress pictures (for your own personal reference, even if you scroll back through your Facebook photos)
* How you feel (energy, digestion, exercise habits)
* How you feel when you look in the mirror
* How you fit your clothes
Are the best tools you can possibly have…
Which is exactly what we do in the Kickstart
‘Who cares how much I weigh if I feel confident on the beach in a bikini”
^^^ As body transformation member, Lisa, told me
And as I’ve learned through coaching more and more…
If you do the work….
Make small – manageable – adjustments along the way
You’ll learn exactly what your body needs to lose FAT and inches (not just weight)
And get fitter 🔥🔥
The journey will be tough.
I’ve been there many times, too…
Where I’ve weighed myself, phoned up Specsavers and asked for a full refund …
But just consider the above …
What if you were one day away from seeing the results you wanted but you gave up?
What might be different in your life right now when it comes to your body, health and fitness ?
If you beee more accountability to do the things you know you need to do?
Just message me with “kickstart” and I’ll get you the details for the 90 Day Kickstart beginning March 1st and March 8th.
Matt ‘requesting an eye test’ Fruci