It may come as a surprise to many people when they are told that the scale has caused more people to abandon their weight loss journey than any other problem. Weight loss is a mental game, not a physical one.
Contrary to popular belief, most people are motivated enough to start exercising and eating better in hopes of losing weight. All of these efforts are being carried out in the hope of seeing the numbers fall in the balance.
But what if the numbers don’t change?
Then they become disappointed and feel that their efforts are in vain. Some people make the monumental mistake of weighing themselves every day expecting to see weight loss.
By doing this, you are putting yourself on an emotional roller coaster that wreaks havoc on your mental game. On a day when they see a drop in numbers, they are ecstatic. On a day when the numbers are rising slightly, they hate their lives and want to quit smoking.
Don’t trust the scale
The truth of the matter is that a scale NEVER gives a complete picture. You may have lost a pound today and the next day you will see that you have it back. What you think is a pound of fat could simply be the body retaining water that day.
Your body weight fluctuates all the time due to a variety of factors. Ideally, you should only weigh yourself once a week, and even then, you should take the numbers with a pinch of salt.
If you are training hard and participating in weight training, your body can gain 2 pounds of muscle for 3 weeks while losing about 5 pounds of fat. However, on the scale, it will only show a 3 pound drop.
You will feel down because after all your hard work, all you lost is a measly 3 pounds. What you don’t realize is that you lost 5 pounds of fat and gained muscle, and that’s fantastic.
If you judge your progress based on the numbers on the scale, you won’t have the whole picture.
Patience is a virtue
Beyond that, for the first 30 days, your body is still adjusting to exercise and diet. It will take time for the weight to come off. Obsessing over numbers will put unnecessary pressure on you to see quick results.
No hurry. You are trying to make a lifestyle change and not just a weight change. Take at least 90 days to comply with the plan. 90 days of caloric deficit, clean diet and a regular training program.
You will be surprised how you look after 90 days. Depending on your weight, you can be slim and look good by then. If you were morbidly obese, you would have lost a great deal of weight and would look and feel so much better.
Look towards the future
You may still be overweight, but that’s okay. You have come a long way. Give yourself another 90 days to lose the rest. Continue until you reach your ideal weight.
The scale should only act as a general mile marker on your journey. It shouldn’t decide whether you stay the course or not. You don’t even need a scale.
As long as you eat well and burn more calories than you consume, weight loss is inevitable if you continue. In three months, you will thank yourself. Stay on the road.