Alright let’s picture this. You’re in the middle of your weight loss journey. It’s been going great and you’re steadily losing weight and feeling awesome. When all of the sudden you step on the scale and the scale goes up. WHAT?! What in tarnation has just happened. What do you do when the scale goes up during your weight loss journey?
First thing is first.
Do not – for the love of dumbbells – do not panic.
Because, first of all, things happen. And second of all, there could be a very legitimate reason for your weight gain and believe it or not, the weight gain you have could very well be a positive thing.
But more on that in a minute.
Let’s talk about the scale really fast before we move into figuring out why the scale might be saying what it is saying.
I personally am not a huge fan of the scale and here’s why.
For a long time I had an unhealthy relationship with the scale. I’ll own it. Very unhealthy relationship with the scale.
It took some real time and effort to come to realization that my self worth is not defined by what that scale says. The scale is a highly effective tool for assessing where you are in your journey when used properly.
Now! Let’s move on and think through why the scale might be saying what it is saying.
Is it *ahem* that time?
I mean… let’s dive right into the personal shall we? If it is that time of the month or the week before that time of the month, you will probably bloat and the scale will show an extra little bit. Up to five pounds worth!
Yes, five pounds worth depending on how intense your cycle is. It really could be that simple where it’s bloat and you just have to work through it.
If you think it’s bloat, you can try an apple cider vinegar bath.
She said what?
Yep, an Apple Cider Vinegar bath. And no, you do not have to put so much in your bath that you smell like vinegar when you get out.
Here’s what I do: I put in about 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into my tub and fill it up with warm water. I soak in that for about 15-20 minutes and it really does help.
Has anything changed with your eating?
While I firmly believe that there is no one size fits all diet plan, I do believe that eating high quality real food will get you to your goals without having to extreme diet.
As you workout and increase your activity, your metabolism will increase as well which means you will probably feel more hungry. Which then means that you might eat too much or eat not enough of the right things, etc.
That’s enough to make a gal crazy isn’t it?
Well, let’s not panic. Remember? Don’t panic, we’re learning.
The biggest thing to remember is that learning to eat healthy is a process. You’re learning what your body needs and how your body reacts to things.
Some ladies don’t tolerate gluten or dairy. While others need to be completely plant based, etc.
This learning process of your new metabolism speed and your eating habits could make the scale bounce back and forth a bit.
So! Once again, don’t panic and don’t let yourself go hungry. Just eat more of the right things for your body.
Muscle is more DENSE than fat
Okay, we’ve heard it before “muscle weighs more than fat”. Well, no it actually doesn’t; a pound is a pound. A pound is 16 ounces no matter how you look at it.
Here’s what the saying “muscle weighs more than fat” means.
It means that muscle is more dense per square inch than fat.
If you have weight training into your regimen, and if you don’t, you totally should, weight training is what took my weight loss journey to the next level…
BUT, if you have weight training in your regimen and you’re lifting, then your muscles are becoming stronger which translates to being more dense!
Can we say score? Heck yeah!
Your muscles are getting stronger and you’re getting that more fit look even if you don’t feel like it!
I am stronger than I ever have been and I weigh at least 25 pounds more than I did in high school.
Ever heard the saying, “I don’t want to look skinny, I want to look like I can whoop your butt.”
Yaaasssss, that speaks my language. You’re getting stronger! If you’re gaining muscle you are definitely winning.
Quick Tip- remember to take pictures of yourself along the journey. It’s amazing to watch how far you’ve come. Believe me.
How do you feel?
That should hopefully make you feel a bit better about where you are in your journey.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. What that scale says does not define your self worth. The scale is merely a tool in your journey to help give you a bit of direction, not make you feel completely bad about yourself.
Do you know that the scale doesn’t say what it did before I had my son? Guess what?
I’m in the best shape of my life and that includes having lost over 60 pounds and weighing a solid 20 pounds more than I did when I got married.
Does that make you feel better? I sure hope so.
Nobody is perfect. That includes those Instagram models that are enough to make even the most confident gal feel bad about herself sometimes.
If you’re struggling with your self image, might I recommend this post? It gives two practical steps to overcome body image issues plus the book I read to overcome those issues.
Remember- the scale may not say what it did, but reassess where you are, and how far you’ve come, and go to bed tonight feeling awesome about where you are in your journey.
You’re taking control of your health and life and that, my love, is something worth celebrating.