How to Keep Track of Your Weight Loss (Without Being Obsessed).

Weight management is not only about pounds. It is also about how we see ourselves and feel about our body.

We all should learn to enjoy that feeling of physical and psychological improvement. That improvement is what we get when we manage our weight appropriately.

When we use the scale to monitor our weight loss progress, we always end up stressed. Yet, how much we actually weigh is a very debatable question.

It depends on what hour of the day we weigh ourselves, how much water we are retaining at that specific moment, what we ate last week, and even what we had for dinner the night before.

Your weight will also be affected if you are suffering from stress or you are in peace with yourself. There are so many variables affecting our weight at any specific moment that it makes weight a controversial measure of where we are when we are trying to lose weight.

Obviously, it is very important to know our weight at very specific times such as when we need to start on medication or modify its doses. We also need to determine our weight if we are going to undergo surgery or when we see an important change in our health.

But weight on its own is not a good measure to evaluate how we are doing in terms of figure management.    

The problem of using only weight as a reference is that we get obsessed about it when we don’t see an important decrease over a certain period of time. We think we are failing, our morale decreases, and we finally lose focus and control.

While you are in the process of losing weight, I would use weight only as an additional indicator once a week to help us monitor our results. If you have a lot of weight to lose, you can even wait to use the scale every two weeks.

You will certainly see you are losing weight even if you don’t use the scale.

Once we have seen and felt we have lost significant weight, we can start checking our weight on the scale more often to keep track and monitor our progress.

When we have already achieved our desired weight, we can use the scale several times a week or even daily. This will help us make sure we are keeping our weight under control between our determined limits. 

By monitoring our weight closely, we can act fast as soon as we see a deviation from our ideal weight and never allow the extra weight to stay for too long.

To summarize:

  • Weigh yourself once a week during the initial period.
  • Weigh several times a week once we have lost considerable   weight.
  • Weigh almost every day during the maintaining period.

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