What to do when that silly number on the scale is not shifting – or at least not shifting in the right direction!
The most common complaint I get from clients on their weight loss journey is, “My scale isn’t moving! I have been working out and nothing is changing!” Nothing is changing, huh? Well, I can think of a couple reasons why. First, if you are lying to me and telling me that you are eating perfectly and working out every single day, but in reality that’s not the case – you are lying to yourself, as well. That’s fine, lie to me all day if you want. But at the end of that day, you still aren’t where you want to be with your weight loss, right? So it’s not doing anyone any good if you are being dishonest with yourself.
I try to be optimistic and give everyone the benefit of the doubt and just trust that they are staying on the straight and narrow when it comes to the path we have laid out for their weight loss journey. That being said, these points I am going to list below about why the scale isn’t moving (and in some cases going up) are based on those of you who are busting your butts and staying truly dedicated to your decision to change your daily habits. Take a look below for the reason you may not be seeing the number you want on the scale.
• You weigh yourself too much.
Did you know that was a thing? Well, it is! In fact, it is a very common problem trainers deal with when talking to our clients about their weight loss. Believe me, I 100% understand that because you are working hard and are truly giving it your all, you want to see results and you want to see them right in front of you and right now! Many people don’t understand that your weight is going to change throughout the week, the day and the hour! Before you panic, that isn’t a bad thing. If you have a bag of coins sitting on a scale and you put a few coins in that bag each hour, is that bag going to weigh the same as it did before you put more coins in it? No, of course it’s not! Why? Because you ADDED more of something to the bag. The same goes for your body, guys. You can’t eat, drink, put on shoes and clothes and sweat during the day and think that it isn’t going to add up. But before you panic, remember that food is going to pass through your body in time and you can take your clothes off. My suggestion for you is to pick 1 day a week (yes ONLY 1) to weigh yourself. This method proves to show you your weight in the most consistent way. If you have the option, use the same scale each time you weigh in as well!
• You have put on muscle mass.
This is going to happen my friends. When you work out, it’s a pretty common occurrence that your body will gain a little bit of muscle mass. That muscle is what you WANT when you are going through a body transformation. Muscle helps you burn fat quicker and also helps you advance in your workouts to become a better you! The number on your scale isn’t going to tell if you have put on muscle or not. But the way your clothes fit can definitely tell you! The next time you get on the scale and see that the number has gone up a pound or two, take a second to think before you spiral out of control. Have your pants been looser? Have your shirts been fitting differently? Have your close family and friends been giving you compliments about how you look? Take the answers to those few questions into consideration, before you assume the worst about yourself!
Like I said, if you are lying to yourself and to your trainer, you are hindering your potential for great success. If you are giving it your all, eating a perfectly balanced and healthy diet and staying physically active, you are guaranteed to see the results you are looking for. Don’t base your success on what the scale is telling you. If you haven’t heard it before, I’ll tell you now: THE SCALE DOESN’T DEFINE YOUR SUCCESS! You can do it!