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Scales have far too big an influence on us

Monday, July 23, 2012



In addition, to the above, they also don't accurately tell you whether you have lost fat!

There are many factors that impact our number on the scales, besides the amount of body fat we have. On any given morning, we weigh more or less depending on the amount of fluid in our body, whether we have consumed it or retained it due to heat and humidity, healing muscles, food intolerances, too much sodium, hormones, etc. Our bones are pretty consistent in weight, but our muscles change size. And we have more or less partially digested food in our body on any given day.

If your scales bounce up 3 pounds one day, chances are that you did not gain 3 pounds of fat overnight (did you really consume an extra 10,500 calories yesterday?!?!), but that one of the other variables has come into play.

Don't let that bounce define you and set your mood for the day. Those of us that bounce around a lot need to let that number go. Celebrate the new numbers that you see and understand that the bounces are not due to fat gain (unless you've been on 3-day food bender!). Drink your water, stick to your eating and exercise plan, treat your body kindly, and the scale will eventually catch up and reflect your progress. Have other measurements to re-assure yourself if needed (tape measure, photos, goal pants, etc.)
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OLIVIANIGHT 8/22/2012 8:05AM

    I love that photo, and I'm quite tempted to write something similar on my own scales!

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TINAJANE76 7/24/2012 12:00PM

    Amen! Thanks for the reminder. I think we all need to hear this from time to time.
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POLYANNA2 7/23/2012 11:02PM

    I need to read this post several times a week! You just handed me lifeline. Thank you!!!
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ILIKECACTI 7/23/2012 10:56PM

    Indeed!

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SEXYSLIM78 7/23/2012 10:11PM

    emoticon BLOG! THANKS!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 7/23/2012 8:39PM

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MARISPHERE 7/23/2012 6:23PM

    This was such a great post; I shared it with several people. Thanks for an important and timely reminder and motivator!

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MENNOLY 7/23/2012 6:06PM

    Very true! I was up 2 pounds today because I ate out yesterday which guarantees a 2-5 pound water weight gain.

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RUFFIT 7/23/2012 5:59PM

    So very true!! Thanks for posting!! Moni

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/23/2012 3:55PM

    I love this and may have to post one of these on MY scale! What a great smile this will bring my girls...LOL

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ANDREWS_MOM 7/23/2012 3:11PM

    Ok, so this is THE Most emoticon Blog ever! emoticon

Logically, I know all of this but when you see the scale fluctuate so much it gets kind of depressing even when you know it's not real weight. Thanks so much for the reminder and such a positive writing!

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GRANNYSUE9 7/23/2012 2:48PM

    So true! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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QUAIL75 7/23/2012 2:43PM

    Thanks for the reminder! I've been working really hard but the scale isn't moving down fast enough to suit me but I have to remember it will catch up!

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KCWIND 7/23/2012 2:17PM

  Thanks for the reminder!!!

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HERBIEDS 7/23/2012 2:11PM

    This is so important to remember!!!!
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