Monday, April 23, 2012
I've gotten into the habit of stepping on the scale every day. I've heard mixed reviews about whether this is a good thing or not. Some studies I've read said that people who are most successful at losing weight and keeping it off weigh themselves every day. Others say that since weight can fluctuate daily for any number of reasons, it's best to stick with a weekly weigh in.
For me, the scale is a bit like sugar -- I can't seem to use it in moderation. I even put my scale away in the bathroom cabinet after every use. I figured not seeing it out there would prevent me from using it every day. No such luck.
Now this wouldn't be a problem for me if the scale showed me what I want it to show me -- lower numbers. But lately, the scale is not showing me lower numbers. The scale is actually showing me higher numbers. Today, I am 3 pounds heavier than I was yesterday. Yes, I have days where I eat more calories than the upper end of my limit, but on balance, I'm still eating within a range that should have me losing weight, especially when I factor in exercise. But I've seen nothing but increases for the past 10 days. Looking at all the BMI charts out there, the highest I should weigh to be considered "normal" is 158 lbs. That's almost 100 pounds less than what I am today. Even though my goal weight of 185 is well above that, I still have a significant amount of weight to lose. And since I have a significant amount of weight to lose and I'm doing everything I can to lose weight, seeing gains on the scale is frustrating and depressing. It makes me question why I'm bothering. I seem to only be able to lose weight when I drastically reduce my calories to under 1200 per day. Of course then I'm starving.
I know any number of things could be at the root of this. And I'd buy muscle gain if my weight were staying the same, or going up slightly. But in the past 10 days, my weight is up 6 pounds. There's no way I gained 6 pounds of muscle in 10 days. 6 pounds seems like a lot for hormonal changes or water retention, or sodium.
So, I think I'll take the batteries out of my scale, so that it's harder for me to use it. I get weighed in with my trainer at the gym once a week. I want to keep doing that because I'm trying to track body fat and I trust their scale more than mine for that measurement -- although even then, I question the accuracy -- it seems to fluctuate fairly wildly. At the end of March I was at 32%, climbed to 36% a week or so later and was at 34% the following week. Maybe I should give that up too, or change the frequency to monthly.
I'll try to take these to heart: