By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer
Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash
Do you feel like you’ve been doing everything right and yet the scale doesn’t seem to budge? Or even worse - it looks like you’re gaining weight?
Nothing is more disheartening than to find yourself trying your hardest to eat right, exercise, and have nothing to show for it. There are a number of reasons why this might be happening. Read on to find out.
#1 You’re eating more than you think you are.
This is a MAJOR reason why most women don’t lose weight. If you are estimating what you are eating there is a good chance you’re eating more than you think you are. I’ve heard women say that they don’t want to count calories or weigh their food, but if you’re having trouble losing weight, it might be time to ensure that you’re food intake is accurate. The best way to do this is to download a calorie counting app and purchase a food scale. MyFitnessPal is completely free, and food scales come in varying price ranges so you don’t have to break the bank to do this.
When I initially started off trying to lose weight, I began by counting calories which was eye-opening for me. I had never realized how many portion sizes I was actually eating because I would serve my food according to how much I liked it. The more I liked it, the more I piled it on my plate. If you’re dreading having to count calories or weigh your food for the rest of your life, you should know that after doing this for a while, portion sizes do become more intuitive. I no longer have to count calories because I now have a much clearer sense of how much I should be eating.
#2 Your muscles are retaining water.
If you are filling your days with intense workouts, especially weight intensive workouts like CrossFit, HIIT, or simply lifting weights, it can take several weeks for your body to lose the extra water weight your muscles are retaining as part of the muscle repair process. What I have found in situations like this, is that regardless of what number the scale is flashing back at me, when I am working out consistently I feel better about my body. I don’t have that bloated, discomforted feeling that comes with overeating, and so I do feel leaner. Pay attention to how you feel, and not just what the scale is telling you. Also, check out our article on how to measure your waist. Taking body measurements is another excellent way to track your progress, especially when your scale isn’t your friend.
#3 Your cycle is affecting the number on the scale.
Every woman knows that when they get closer to their period they experience some bloating. But if you’ve never tracked your weight on a scale religiously you might be surprised at how much weight gain the scale can show during this time. Women can gain anywhere from .5 to 10 pounds in the five days before their period! A 10 pound weight can really set you back if you don’t know why it’s happening. Know that the water weight will eventually come off, you just have to stick to what you are doing.
If you are finally making the right changes in your life for your health, be proud of that! Make sure that you are counting calories accurately (as I said before, that’s a big one!), and keep doing all of the positive healthy things you are doing. The results will come, I promise you that. And the feeling of accomplishment that comes with making healthier decisions for your wellbeing, well, that’s priceless.
Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you! Have you had trouble with your scale? What did you do that helped?