Nothing can wreck a good attitude or motivation like those numbers on the scale, so don’t let them take over or they could break you down and knock your confidence.
Thousands of mums in our Healthy Mummy community agree – sometimes the scales are actually liars! Many of the mums suggest also using clothing (those jeans you just can’t throw away), progress photographs and measurements to give you a full picture of your results.
What you should be aware of is that frequent weighing is misleading.
Did you know that your weight can fluctuate as much as 4-11 lbs in a single day? Yes, that’s right! The thing about scales is that it weighs everything and not just fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, and bodily waste.
A fluctuation in your weight can be caused by so many things.
The four biggest culprits…
1. Menstrual cycle
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Bloating, cramps, swelling, mood swings, cravings, binge eating, and yes, weight gain! And of course water retention. Duringthe menstrual cycleour bodies hold onto fluids like a drought is coming and the best advice is not to weigh yourself at this time.
2. The weight of food
The optimal time to weigh yourself is first thing in the morning, when you don’t have any food or liquids in your system. Everything you ingest not only has calories, but it also has some weight to it. The lowest calorie foods can sometimes be the heaviest! You will weigh more after taking in large amounts of fluid and weigh less after a big effort in which your body perspires.
We are constantly carrying around bodily waste. This is the waste that has been in your colon and small intestine for a long time. As the waste builds up in your digestive tract, it will cause you to weigh more on the scale.
You may have heard of people losing a few pounds after doing a detox or a cleanse. Well, they didn’t lose body-fat weight; they lost waste. While a cleanse isn’t for everyone, increasing the amount of fibre in your diet to flush your waste system also can give a similar effect.
4. Lean muscle tissue
As you start doing exercise and light weight-bearing exercise you will gain more lean muscle tissue, which weighs more than fat. So you may actually gain weight.
Even though the numbers on the scale may not be moving, it doesn’t mean that you’re not getting smaller. Muscle is more dense than fat, so it takes up less space. You can be in a smaller pants size, but still not be any lighter on the scale.
That’s why it’s important to use measurements, photographs and clothes to give you another angle to your success on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. If you’re now wearing a smaller size of knickers, does it matter that the scales haven’t gone down?
Ask yourself this:
Would you rather fill your jeans with 6lbs of fat or 6lbs of lean, toned muscle?
Which looks better in a bathing suit?
This extra lean muscle tissue has its benefits. Not only will you appear smaller, but muscle will help boost your metabolism too.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge that the scales can tell the occasional fib, and that weight is only a number, you can view your weight fluctuations with a less critical eye.
No matter what the scales say, make an effort to tell yourself, “Today is the day I take control of my life and my body!” and the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge can help you to do that.
Join THOUSANDS of mums all over the UK on the Healthy Mummy support group to share your non-scale victories, and ask questions of mums who have already lost their pregnancy weight.
Are you ready to kick-start your weight loss?
Want to shift your baby weight but feel like you have NO TIME in your day to exercise and eat healthily? That’s where the Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challengecan help.
Our Challenge entails:
28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)