Why your Scales are not your best friend when your following a Weight Loss plan?

When following a weight loss plan people become obsessed with how much they weigh. It is always "how much they weigh", or "how much they are going to lose" that people talk about.

However the truth is that when trying to lose weight, weighing yourself is not the best indicator of how well your diet is doing.

What normally happens is that in the first week of people following a new diet they will lose 2-4 pounds in week one, followed by 2 pounds in week two. This is great, they feel good and have real momentum to carry on. Then what happens in week three is that they may not lose any or even put on a pound. They become dis-heartened and dis-illusioned with their new diet. All that hard work has come to nothing and they reach for the nearest chocolate bar.

Well what has really happened is that their diet is still working, they have just reached a plateau where what they weigh may not be changing, but that their body is. 

A far better way is to track progress on a diet is to measure yourself. Create a spreadsheet and measure your Chest, stomach, bottom, thighs, knees, your neck and your upper arms. Take measurements of these areas on a weekly basis. If you do this you will see progress, even if you don't on the scales.

The other thing to remember is that if you are incorporating regularly exercise into your weight loss plan, and why wouldn't you, that muscle can weigh more than fat. So what can happen is that your fat stores are burned off and your lean muscle is increased. Look at your body ask yourself "Do my clothes fit better?", "Do I feel better ?". You should be answering a resounding Yes ! This should be the motivation to keep going on your diet, not what the scales say… If you do keep at it you will lose weight, just gradually and more importantly safely.

For a Weight Conversion chart take a look here – http://beingfitandhealthyrocks.com/weight-conversion-chart

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