6 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight
Get Weight-Loss ResultsScale Serenity
It's been three months since I embarked on this adventure, and I've lost 12 pounds -- a solid pound a week. I've increased my water and protein intake, I move more throughout the day, and I'm trying to stress less. But one of the best things I've done has been -- go figure -- not weighing myself, at least for a little while, as Olson suggested. I was tempted in the beginning, but I stuck to my scale embargo for a month. Now I weigh in weekly, but the fluctuations don't bother me. Really. Because I know I'm creating a daily calorie deficit, and I've found other ways to measure my progress (see "Beyond the Numbers," below). I know the fat is coming off, no matter what the scale says. I feel enlightened -- in more ways than one.Beyond the Numbers
When the scale bums you out, here are three other ways to gauge your progress.
How do your clothes fit? Try on the same pair of jeans and shirt every six to eight weeks.
How do you feel? You should have more energy, sleep better, and feel less stressed.
How much can you do? Keep a workout log and track how much weight you can lift and how many miles you can walk or run.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2013.
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