A healthy lifestyle is all about winning small battles in order to be able to win the war. The scale is enemy number one. It will mess up your program faster than anything. You get on on the scale and you don’t see the results you’re looking for, you get discouraged and you want to quit. Que, the battle of the scale.

The scale isn’t the best indicator of success. If you want to see what your true results are, it’s going to have to be by asking yourself how you feel. How are your clothes fitting? If you get naked and look at yourself in the mirror and see your body changing, that’s WAY more important than what the scale is saying.

There are several factors that can impact the number on the scale. The scale can fluctuate 3, 4, even 5 pounds through the course of a week. Water retention is the largest contributor to scale fluctuation. Consider training, when we train we break down muscle fibers so our body retains water in order to help our muscles recover. So, for all the exercise newbies who aren’t used to lifting weight, this is exceptionally true for you as your body starts to build muscle and shed fat.

Cheat meals can also be a big contributor to weight fluctuation. If you have a cheat meal, you’re probably going to go out and eat pizza, a hamburger, whatever it is, it’s likely to be high in sodium. This triggers your body to hang on to extra water weight. It’s great to have a cheat meal, just increase your water intake and stay off the scale!

Ladies, menstrual cycles. Hormones can be a huge contributor to scale weight. Estrogen peaks right before you start your period causing you to feel bloated and retain water. Good news: estrogen levels will drop and the number on the scale will return to normal.

If you really want to see what the scale is doing, do it every Monday morning right when you wake up. Go to the bathroom then step on naked. The weekends can be hard for some to stickto their diets. Weighing on Monday helps  to you hold you accountable over the weekend.

There’s no quick fix when it comes to weight loss. It’s sticking to your program,putting in the workand retraining your mind to make healthy choices. You are your own hero. Don’t let a scale measure your success!