The scale is not your enemy!
When trying to lose weight many health & fitness experts will tell you to throw away your scale and only use the mirror and clothing as your guides. The intent is good, and those are definitely good guides, but it creates this adversarial relationship between you and your scale, and that’s not how it has to be.
When you are starting your journey, there are some basic things you should measure on day 1. You should take your BEFORE pictures for the obvious visual cues. You should take your measurements – chest, bicep, waist, hips, thigh, calf. You should also measure your weight on a scale, which is merely a weight loss calculator. Your true enemy is ignorance, lack of information, and you should know your enemy!
The idea is that the MORE you know, the more knowledgeable you are about your body.
You should do ALL of these things regularly. In fact, far from throwing away your scale, I recommend taking a day to weigh yourself several times throughout the day. This way you will see how water, exercise, food, etc…affect your weight, and THEN you will have a much better assessment not only of your true weight, but also when the best time for you is to weigh yourself each week to track your progress.
For some people who are working on adding muscle to their bodies, of course weight is going to go up, and that’s fine because it’s muscle, not fat, and muscle weighs more but will make you leaner. Even in that case, the scale is interesting to look at, since you’ll see how your body is changing visually compared to weight gain or loss.
So, in the end, it’s not about hiding something away in order to not scare yourself. It’s about educating yourself on what that scale really means and how to use it effectively to help you achieve your results!
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