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5 Reasons to (Mostly) Ditch The Scale

When you’re actively following a weight loss plan, it’s normal to feel excited about seeing results on the scale. Who doesn’t love a reward for their hard work? But we would like to caution you not to get too caught up in that number, especially on a daily basis. In fact, there are five times when you should simply ditch your scale. Don’t look at it, don’t think about it, and definitely don’t step on it! Just leave it there, in the bathroom floor, and wait for a better day to weigh.

You’re constipated. What goes in must come out… but when it doesn’t come out, it adds weight. There’s no point in weighing yourself right now, and subjecting yourself to potential disappointment. Address your constipation, and weigh after the problem has been solved.

It’s nighttime. It’s normal for weight to fluctuate throughout the day, and go up a pound or two by nightfall. Don’t bother stressing yourself with a weigh-in now. Mornings, after you’ve gone to the bathroom and before you’ve eaten breakfast, are the best time for consistent weigh-ins.

You’re on your period. We all know that hormones contribute to bloating, and your weight is unlikely to be reliable at this time of the month. Stick to your weight loss plan and exercise regimen, but skip weighing this week.

You just had a baby. It’s normal to want to get back into your regular jeans as soon as possible. But hormones are still at play right now, and your body needs time to flush out leftover water weight, adjust to breastfeeding, and more. Plus, there’s just no point in triggering depressing feelings right now. Give yourself a few weeks to recuperate, and then you can begin thinking about a weight loss plan if you need one.

It triggers intense negative feelings. If disappointing weigh-ins will trigger intensely negative feelings, skip it until you’re in a better mood. Of course, if this is a regular pattern for you, please bring it up at your next appointment. Hopefully we can offer reassurance, or a referral to someone who can help you deal with these emotions.

Truly, there is no point to daily weigh-ins, for anyone! Sticking to your weight loss plan over time, and exercising patience, is the best way to accomplish long-term weight loss without added frustrations. Come see us for your regular weigh-ins, or otherwise stick to a weekly schedule at home.

 

6 Ways to Make Healthy Eating More Fun

Start talking about healthy eating or a weight loss plan, and you’ll notice that most people don’t look excited. They might even get that, “oh no, not this again” look in their eyes.

We don’t often associate healthy lifestyles with “fun”. Mostly, this happens because switching to a more nutritious eating plan involves changing our habits. And since habits are ingrained, even small changes can feel like burdensome work (or just another obnoxious thing you have to remember).

As you get started on a weight loss plan, you will indeed need to make some changes to your habits. Incorporate these six tips into your weekly eating or food prep plan, and you can make the transition a little more fun. Read more

Add These Things to Your Life for Better Health

So often, when we discuss healthier lifestyles and weight loss, we immediately think of all the things we need to “quit” or “give up”. But here’s the problem with that type of thinking: Your subconscious mind really doesn’t like it. When you focus on “giving up” things that you enjoy, you’re going to experience considerable push-back from your own mind. Whether you’re conscious of it or not, you will begin to subvert your own efforts at healthier living, like finding excuses, “cheating”, making deals with yourself, and so on. Read more

5 Benefits of Fiber

You probably already know that balancing different types of nutrients will be key to your weight loss or healthy living plan. But many people aren’t sure of why certain ones are so important, or how much of them they need to eat. Fiber is one of those nutrients. If you’ve wondered about the benefits of fiber and why so many nutritionists focus on it, here’s a brief guide to its important functions in your body. Read more

The Importance of Snacking

We all love our snacks, but when you begin a weight loss plan you might fear that the habit has to go. Actually, snacking can be beneficial and help you reach your goals! The issue is not really whether you can snack, but how you can snack constructively. Read more

3 Common Nutrition Myths to Ignore

Weight loss isn’t easy for most people, partly due to all of the conflicting advice you hear and read. It can be difficult to block out all the “noise” and simply follow a weight loss plan that works for you, when you don’t know what advice is myth and what is fact. Having said that, what are some of the common myths that you can feel free to ignore? Read more

How to Work Out in Just Thirty Minutes

Ideally, we would all have a free hour each day, and we could stop by the gym when it felt convenient for us. We would perform a one-hour workout, rotating activities each time, and emerge feeling refreshed and energized. And of course, our weight loss plan (or weight maintenance plan) would benefit from the hard work. Read more

Why Does Weight Loss Become More Difficult With Age?

It’s a story we hear often: A patient comes to us in distress, because their weight loss plan just isn’t working. They didn’t have any problems losing or maintaining their weight in their 20s, or even 30s, but now it’s a different story. Every effort is met with seeming resistance from their scale. What’s going on? Read more

5 Daily Habits for Better Health

Between stress, the typical American diet, busy schedules, and lack of exercise, most of us could stand to make some changes to improve our health. If you’re following a dedicated weight loss plan, you’re already well on your way. These five daily habits can help not only those who are losing weight, but also anyone who wants to maintain weight or simply improve their overall health. Read more

This Unhealthy Habit is Surprisingly Worse Than Smoking

If you had to name the number one unhealthy habit, how would you reply? Most people might say smoking, or eating too much junk food. And while you would be correct that these are terribly damaging habits, you might also be surprised at the results of a new study. One unhealthy habit was actually found to be even worse than smoking… And many people wouldn’t guess this one. Read more

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