Losing weight is not easy. Sometimes you feel like you’re doing everything right, but you’re still not getting results. In this article, I’m looking at five big mistakes that people often make when they’re trying to lose weight. And the last one is really common but no one talks about it.
1Only focusing on the scale weight
It’s very common to feel like you’re not losing weight fast enough, despite faithfully sticking to your diet. Now the bathroom scale typically fuels this belief. The problem is that that number is only one measurement of weight change.
Weight is influenced by several things, including fluid fluctuations and how much food remains in your system. In fact, weight can fluctuate by up to four pounds, or 1.8 kilos, over the course of a day, depending on how much food and liquid you’ve consumed. Also, increased estrogen levels, and other hormonal changes in women, can lead to greater water retention, which is reflected in scale weight. So, if the number on the scale isn’t moving, you may very well be losing fat mass, but holding onto water.
Additionally, if you are working out, you may be gaining muscle mass and losing fat mass, something which the scales cannot accurately represent.
Using a tape measure to measure your waist, or your arms, as well as taking a monthly photo, quick and affordable ways to more accurately measure loss in fat mass. That’s not to say you should never use a scale, but once per day is certainly not useful, even once per week could be too much. You’re better off doing once every two weeks or once a month.