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It’s vital that you weigh yourself at the right time of day. The frequency of your weigh-in depends on the type of workouts you’re currently doing.
Cardio and Weigh-Ins
If your current workouts consist of a great deal of cardio, I recommend doing a weekly or monthly weigh-in.
Have you ever seen someone become addicted to cardio? It happens pretty often, and it can result in rapid weight loss. This may sound like a positive thing, but in all actuality, it isn’t. However, if you have hundreds of pounds to lose, your doctor may recommend that you lose quicker than the average person so you can get your health aligned rapidly.
However, if your healthcare provider didn’t recommend that, take it slow and introduce weights into your workout. Monitor your weight to ensure that you are taking it slow.
Weighlifting and Weigh-Ins
When weights are introduced to your plan, your body will react in such a powerful way. However, weight gain may come alongside that power. If it does, focus more on the inches you have lost and how your clothes fit. Those two ways are a far more accurate way to test if your body is changing for the better. Weigh yourself once a week or once a month for a more precise read.
Menstruating and Weigh-Ins
Every woman is different, but I stay away from the scale to stay on the safe side. It is common to have 5 pounds or so of additional weight gain during this time. I’ll dive deep into this topic in another post. Your primary focus during this time should be resting, stretching, staying away from salty foods, and taking care of your body more than ever before.
Time of Day and Weigh-Ins
Stay away from the scale if you have already eaten or drank water, coffee, tea, or anything else. Your body reaches its lowest weight when you hop out of bed from a long, restful night. I can not stress restful enough. If you wake up tired, then the chances of your body holding on to weight is exceptionally high. SO SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP!
A weigh-in should be used to gauge if you are losing too fast or too slow. In either case, something may be wrong, and you may need to consult with your health care provider.
Please don’t do a daily, monthly or yearly weigh-in to gauge your worth. You’re perfect just the way you are!
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