I know it?s a strong word but I HATE the scale! The scale can be extremely misleading and discouraging. I have had too many clients come see me after a great week where they?ve lost multiple inches, but their weight doesn?t change. In this situation it?s easy to get down on yourself and think your efforts have gone to waste. This is NOT the case!!! Here are some reasons why…
Water weight: Drinking just one 16-ounce glass of water before jumping on the scale can translate to 1 lb of weight gain. This is of course temporary but gives us a reason not to trust the scale. The reverse of this is true as well. If you weigh yourself after in intense workout the scale may say you?ve lost an extra pound or two. Unfortunately this is also just temporary
Constipation: Being backed up for a couple days can add anywhere from 1-4 lbs to the number on the scale. Again, this is just temporary!
High sodium: Eating high sodium foods are not ideal for health or weight loss but on top of that they skew the number on the scale. Salty foods can cause your body to hold on to water, which temporarily causes the number on the scale to go up.
High carbs: When you consume more carbs than your body needs they get stored in your liver as something called glycogen. Glycogen attracts water, so ultimately this has the same effect as the high sodium meal -temporary higher weight on the scale, due to increased water.
These are just a few reasons that the scale can be skewed, the list goes on and on! Don?t let the scale bring you down. If you?re clothes fit you better and you?re feeling great, than keep doing what you?re doing!
Aly is a Certified Nutrition Practitioner (CNP) who specializes in weight loss. Aly graduated top of her class from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and holds a BA from Western University. Aly’s warm and approachable demeanor empowers her clients to take control of their health. She uses a unique approach, with an emphasis on hormonal balance to personally address your weight loss and nutrition needs. Aly believes that eating healthy isn’t about being perfect, it’s about having a plan you can stick to that gives you energy while allowing you to eat the foods you love. Aly believes that with the right tools and guidance you can make positive lifestyle changes to enjoy a happier and healthier life!