One of the most common mistakes people make on their weight-loss journey is to be obsessed with the scale. I’m not in favour of weighing myself everyday. Logic tells me that there’s going to be a very small difference between what I weighed yesterday and what I weigh today, even if the difference is to show that I’ve lost weight. That may lead to anxiety – feeling like I’m not doing enough. So, I spare myself. I get more pleasure from knowing I’ve lost 3kg in a month, than 400g in a week. So, be careful girls, numbers can be discouraging.
Besides, there are other factors to consider. Your weight-loss will not always be reflected by the number on the scale. When you begin exercising, you will definitely begin to gain muscle mass, which is a very good thing, because muscle burns fat even when you are sedentary. But, muscle also weighs, so when you gain muscle mass, the number on the scale will go high, even though you are burning more fat.
So, in order to know whether or not you are heading in the right direction, also keep track of your body measurements. Measure the circumference of your arms, thighs, hips, chest and waist. Keep a log of these measurements as well. When you lose fat, your measurements will go down. It’s important to remember, girls, that this is a marathon and not a sprint! Don’t allow outside pressures to make you desperate. Keep fighting the good fight, eventually it will pay off.