Each of us would like to look good, everyone would like to have a fit and slim figure, size S and look great at the same time, while still lying on the couch and eating sweet candy bars. Unfortunately, reality looks much different and to look good, you have to work on yourself. However, when our body slips out of control, kilograms start growing, and we can’t fit into any clothes – the problem and resolution begins – it’s time to lose weight. The scale keeps many people awake at night. They weigh themselves several times a day. They fall into paranoia and stress, and all this introduces them into a vicious circle, which is really hard to get out of.
One of the most important issues to look at is that we should not weigh ourselves, but above all, measure our body. It’s the most reliable determinants of whether something changes in our body. The weight during the day can range from 2 to 3 kilograms. It’s different in the evening, different in the morning, different during menstruation, different on hot days … Centimetres are the best we can measure ourselves with, and what we should rely on when losing weight!
Weight loss, or where should we measure?
Measuring is the most precise method of checking whether our weight loss is going in the right direction. Where to measure? In fact, everywhere, but you must know to do it well and to make measurements in the same places every month. Only because thanks to this we will know if our diet and our activity significantly affect the changes visible in our body. The main rules to keep in mind are:
- We always measure ourselves in the same place
- We always measure on an empty stomach
- We measure ourselves without clothes
- In case of women, we do not measure ourselves before and after ovulation
In order to have a reliable picture of how our body changes, it’s necessary to measure different parts of the body. First, breast circumference – measured at the height of the nipples, without underwear. Secondly, the circumference of the arm – we measure the arm hanging freely downwards at the widest point. Third, waist circumference – we measure it on apnoea, but do suck in the abdomen while measuring at the narrowest point. Fourth, the abdominal circumference, which we measure on apnoea at the height of the navel without sucking in. Fifth hip circumference, measuring them at the widest point. And for the sixth thigh circumference – we measure each separately in the widest part. Thanks to centimetre measurements, we gets the most precise progress when it comes to weight loss. It’s worth focusing on them and taking measurements each month, comparing them to previous months.
Weight loss, or when should we weigh ourselves?
If weight loss is involved, for most people the weight is the superior element on which the whole kilograms fight rests. Of course, you can control the weight and its decrease, but the weighing itself is not as reliable as the measurement itself. Our weight is constantly changing, fluctuates during the day, under the influence of many factors, it can completely indicate a different result, which will be completely different after two days. When to weigh yourself? It’s definitely worth doing once a week, not more often, because it does not make any sense. It must be remembered, however, that weight should not be a part of our work progress. Exercising, we destroy body fat, but we gain muscle tissue. Muscles are much heavier than fat, and this makes the kilograms completely different here, not at all lower, as if it may seem to us. However, if you want to control your weight, which is especially important in the case of very obese people, in whom these kilos are constantly going down every week, it’s very important to follow certain rules. We are weighing:
- Always in the same conditions – in the morning, on an empty stomach, after using the toilet
- Always naked
- Once a week
We do not weigh ourselves the moment we finish training, when the day before we were at a party and we drank alcohol, and in the case of women we are before or during menstruation. We weigh on the same scale, stay in the middle and make a minimum of three measurements, checking if they are reliable.
Weight loss – the weight is in place and what then?
The biggest problem that many people have on a reduction diet and struggling with extra kilograms is that we work and progress does not seem to be visible. When the weight is in place, it seems to us that weight loss does not make any sense, because nothing is able to help us anymore. That’s incorrect! It’s not without reason that we mentioned above about measurements and reflections in the mirror, because these are the determinants of whether our body is changing and how it changes. Weight can be completely unreliable and we should not bother with it at all. Why is the scale standing still? There are many reasons for this state of affairs. Weight during the day increases due to the amount of food consumed by us, as well as litres of water we drink. It’s different before and during menstruation. It grows if we train and begin to grow our muscles. Factors of this state of affairs are really a lot, so if you are wondering why the weight does not fall, having the impression that weight loss does not lead to anything good, above all change your attitude. Put the scale in a corner, do what you do, measure yourself once a month and look in the mirror, and you’ll quickly find out that it’s not the kilograms that are indicative of changes in your body! If you understand this, you will be on a very good road to go in the direction of what is better!