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By Shane Young | February 23, 2016 |
We’ve all been there, staring at the scale, hoping it will change its mind, but it seldom does, even if you stand on one foot. Determining if a scale is good or evil is entirely in your control. You can change that foe to a friend with a few lifestyle changes that will make you feel better, be healthier and lose weight. These include a healthier diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep and plenty of water or other fluids.
Dieting has been one of the primary reasons scales turn evil. Either they don’t reflect your hopes and dreams or you achieve those goals and for a short time, they seem like they’re your friend, only to disappoint you quickly and show an increase in weight. Diets don’t work and make scales look evil because they always end. You go back to normal eating habits that put on weight in the first place and regain everything you lost. Learning how to eat healthier isn’t a diet, but subtle and large changes in the type of foods you eat. It doesn’t mean you’ll starve or have to eat “specially prepared” foods, but it does mean you’ll quit eating higher calorie foods as your main form of sustenance. Most people find they end up loving their new way of eating.
When you participate in regular exercise, you’ll be burning extra calories. If you combine that with a healthier diet, you’ll watch pounds seem to disappear. You’ll also benefit as you build muscle tissue. Muscle tissue requires more calories to maintain than fat tissue does, so you’ll be burning extra calories 24/7. Your scales will go from hated to hero.
Women in particular have problems with water weight. One way to fight the problem is with water. Water acts as a diuretic to help flush accumulated fluids from your system and help you lose weight faster. You’ll notice when you drink adequate amounts of water, you’ll feel fuller and reduce your caloric intake.
Getting plenty of sleep at night can help. Often people turn to high calorie sugary treats when they’re tired and move less, burning fewer calories.
Even if you’ve followed all the things you need to do to make your scales a hero, sometimes it doesn’t give a true picture of your success. That’s because muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue. So while you might be thinner, you may weigh the same. Use a favorite pair of pants to judge when you don’t see the difference in pounds.
Always weigh the same time of day and don’t weigh in every day, but once a week. It’s far less discouraging.
Always use the same scales to weigh in. Even if the scales is incorrect, it will tell you whether you’re losing weight or not.
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