Why Weighing Yourself is a Waste of Time
If you’ve ever started a diet, weighed yourself a few days later, and noticed you lost five or more pounds…
You probably thought you had some sort of super power and that fat just melted off you like wax on a candle.
However, a few days later you were disappointed because your weight-loss slowed down dramatically
You didn’t lose fat any slower or quicker on any day of your diet.
If your calories were the same daily, you lost the same amount of fat every day.
However, it’s important you know that weight loss and fat loss are completely different things.
You can weigh 150 lbs. today and 143 lbs. tomorrow.
How is this possible?
There are many things going on in your body that affect your weight.
Things like water retention from eating high sodium or a lot of carbohydrates, the amount of glycogen stored in your muscles, muscle you’re gaining from working out, how much you sweat during your workout, and whether you have gone to the bathroom to poop recently or not.
….I had to get graphic to make a point, forgive me?
All these thing cause your weight to go up and down consistently while you’re losing fat!
You might lose 3-4 lbs. of fat in two weeks, but your scale will only show you lost 1 lb.!
How demotivating would that be to anyone on a diet?
Imagine how someone who’s dieted hard and exercised for two weeks would feel if the scale showed they only lost 1 lb. ?
How many people would quit their diet?
This is why weighing yourself is a waste of time.
Unfortunately, this happens to people who are losing weight but either gained muscle, weighed themselves late in the day after eating, weighed themselves with clothes on, and so on.
People make progress with their fat loss, but the scale fools them into thinking differently.
This is why it’s important to educate yourself on how weight-loss really works.
…and that’s exactly what I am going to show you, friend.
How Weight-Loss Really Works
The first thing you MUST do is throw out the scale.
The scale doesn’t measure your TOTAL fat loss!
Muscle gain, water loss, glycogen stores, bathroom regularity have nothing to do with your fat loss.
When you step on that scale, your only goal is to know if the fat is coming off you or not.
A scale doesn’t measure fat loss progress.
It measures a ton of things at once that don’t matter when your goal is to lose fat.
This is how diet company’s scam people.
They advertise “Lose 5 lbs. in two days“.
So people spend a ton of money on nutrition plans, lose 5 lbs. (typically water weight) and are fooled into thinking they got their money’s worth.
Do you know what 5 lbs. of fat looks like?
Let me show you…
You see that?
5 lbs. of fat is A LOT!
If you lose that much fat, it will be noticeable.
When you say “I want to lose weight” what you really mean to say is “I want to lose fat“.
Anyone can lose weight, just go sit in a sauna and sweat for 20 minutes; I guarantee you’ll “lose weight”.
You’ll lose 2 to 5 lbs. of water from sweating, but guess what will happen when you drink water or eat?
The number on the scale will come right back up.
Water loss isn’t fat loss!
There are no shortcuts to fat loss.
There are no “magic” foods that expedite your progress.
There are no special pills, shakes, or cleanses that burn fat any faster.
The only thing that has and will ever work is calories in vs. calories out.
If you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight.
It’s that simple, but some people like to complicate things.
It doesn’t matter what you eat!
Less calories = fat loss
No scientist, expert, or doctor can or will disagree with that.
….unless they are trying to SELL you something.
Of course, there are better options of foods to eat while dieting.
Healthier foods will give you more energy and keep you feeling full longer.
Both are important and help while dieting.
However, you can eat 1,500 calories of salad or 1,500 calories of Twinkies and lose the same amount of fat.
Don’t believe me?
Professor Mark Haub set out to proof once and for all that calories are all that matters when dieting.
Crazy enough, while on the Twinkies diet, his blood work showed improvements in his good cholesterol and a decline in his bad cholesterol.
You’re probably in shock right now because you just read that someone got healthier eating Twinkies.
…but it happened.
How to Accomplish Your Fat Loss Goals
1) Get rid of your scale.
2) Figure out how many calories your body requires to lose fat (This varies depending on the weight and activity level of the individual). Here’s a free online calculator to help you.
3) Read my article 7 Secrets to Burn Fat Fast!
Just look at the diet company’s advertising on TV that you will lose weight eating their foods.
The keyword is “weight”, not fat.
So it’s fair to say they don’t actually lie to you, you will in fact lose weight.
These huge companies’s know how to be sneaky with their marketing and word things a certain way to boost sales.
They advertise things like pizza, pasta, and desserts in their meal plans.
These things are usually forbidden on a diet.
Do you know how happy someone on a diet is to discover an eating plan allowing them to lose weight while eating delicious foods?
As happy as this little guy…
Do these diet companies’s help people lose fat?
They measure and prepare your food in a way that will leave you in a caloric deficit.
As a result, you lose fat, but not the 5 or 10 lbs. they lead you to believe.
Again, your scale might show those results, but your actual fat loss is different.
Are you beginning to see why weighing yourself is a waste of time?
Yes, I’m being a little repetitive in this article, but I want to make sure you get this!
I am tired of people being ripped off with these diet plans.
These companies’s overcharge the hell out of people!
You can easily measure your own food and still enjoy eating what you like.
…if you make the effort.
No reason for you to spend hundreds of dollars on meal plans.
The moral of the story is that a scale doesn’t measure real fat loss.
Dieting isn’t about starving yourself and eating plain, tasteless, boring food.
A diet is about eating less, and gradually disciplining yourself to make healthier choices.
If you love pizza but want to lose fat, no problem.
Allow yourself a slice of pizza once or twice a week by fitting it into your calories.
If you want to measure your fat loss, take pictures weekly and compare them.
After all, how exciting is losing 10 lbs. on the scale if you look the same?
Here’s a photo that will change how you perceive weight and fat loss.
What happened to the individual in these photos?
He burned fat and gained muscle simultaneously.
As a result, his weight stayed the same, but his body had a total transformation.
Now that you know why weighing yourself is a waste of time, you should do something immediately…
Throw out your scale my friend, it isn’t going to do anything except drive you crazy and demotivate you.