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Scales can either be your best friend or your worst enemy when trying to lose weight. Our personal trainers here in Abu Dhabi want you to understand that the number on the scale is not the be-all, end-all for weight loss! So, is it time to break up with your scale? Here are five signs you might need to think about alternate ways to track your.

Having your eating habits dictated by your scale makes it nearly impossible to be mindful of your food choices. Self-sabotage is a slippery slope, and you need to take a hard look at the habits that make you go to the extremes — otherwise it’s it hard to keep the weight off for good. Sabotaging your weight loss? Remember Bridget Jones, the poster girl for yo-yo dieting?In one year, the literary heroine lost 75-pounds and gained 78.

Sure, Jones isn’t real, but her situation is: according to Statistics Canada, two-thirds of Canadians who lose weight go on to gain at least some of it back.Want to stop sabotaging your weight loss?5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Posted on Saturday August 3, 2019 Monday August 5, 2019 by Kelli McGrane, RD You think you have everything under control: you’re working out regularly, cutting back on your soda habit, and only indulge in dessert once a week. 5 Signs You’re Getting Fitter—Even If the Scale Hasn’t Budged 5 Signs You’re Getting Fitter—Even If the Scale Hasn’t Budged It’s possible to shape up without actually dropping weight.

How the Scale is Sabotaging your Weight Loss Efforts. Whenever we get on the scale, what we’re doing is actually sabotaging our weight loss efforts. Because we’re looking to an outside number, a machine, a piece of plastic, to tell us whether we’re doing well. The scale can’t always tell.

read more > 5 signs your scale is sabotaging your weight-loss quest But if you’re the type to let a weekend of lax eating bleed into Monday and then Tuesday, it may be better to get on the scale Monday to motivate you to get back on track. 5 ‘Healthy’ Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss November 4th, 2015. by Michelle Pellizzon. you may not see the scale budge. Plus, eating a low-fat diet encourages people to avoid super healthy foods like fish, meat, avocados, coconut, and nuts. Your weight loss or gain will be more accurate, rather than having your scale tricked from losing water weight overnight. 2. YOUR WEIGHT LOSS IS STEADY.

Water weight tends to fluctuate. If you’ve lost five pounds overnight, and then gained it back by the end of the day, you’re most likely not dealing with true weight loss. 35 votes, 80 comments. A lot of times, family members may unintentionally sabotage your weight loss.

My mother always insults me about my obesity.

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I’ve allowed the numbers on my scale to dictate my emotions, and I’ve read seemingly every article on weight loss I could find.

“Am I Enough?: Embracing the Truth About Who You Are” by Grace Elaine Valentine
from Am I Enough?: Embracing the Truth About Who You Are
by Grace Elaine Valentine
Thomas Nelson, 2018

The scale consists of 29 items and includes eight subscales: 1) interference with social/family/work life, 2) positive reward, 3) withdrawal symptoms, 4) exercise for weight control, 5) insight into the problem, 6) exercise for social reasons, 7) exercise for health reasons, and 8) stereotyped behavior.

“The Exercise Effect on Mental Health: Neurobiological Mechanisms” by Henning Budde, Mirko Wegner
from The Exercise Effect on Mental Health: Neurobiological Mechanisms
by Henning Budde, Mirko Wegner
Taylor & Francis, 2018

Sign #6: Weight It’s logical that people seeking to lose weight typically try to gauge their success by weighing themselves.

“Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution” by Chris Powell
from Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution
by Chris Powell
Hachette Books, 2011

The scale is associated with the negative feelings associated with weight gain and failure of weight loss.

“Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery” by Joan Ifland, Marianne T. Marcus, Harry G. Preuss
from Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery
by Joan Ifland, Marianne T. Marcus, Harry G. Preuss
CRC Press, 2017

This is a daily and methodical exploration to uncover the hidden triggers that have been sabotaging your health, and the scale is simply the instrument you use to collect the necessary information.

“The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising
from The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising “Healthy” Foods That Are Making You Fat-and Lose Weight Fast
by Lyn-Genet Recitas
Grand Central Publishing, 2013

For example, when you step on the bathroom scale after days of feasting and indulging around the holidays, the weight shown on the scale might be quite different from the weight you know to be ideal for your health and appearance; you now have a problem.

“Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind” by John T. Cacioppo, Laura Freberg
from Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind
by John T. Cacioppo, Laura Freberg
Cengage Learning, 2015

Third, the scale blinds you to the real results you are achieving every day you are on the Whole30.

“The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom” by Melissa Hartwig Urban, Dallas Hartwig
from The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
by Melissa Hartwig Urban, Dallas Hartwig
HMH Books, 2015

And the scale crept down: I lost a pound and a half the first week; seven by the end of the month.”

“The Every-Other-Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off” by Krista Varady
from The Every-Other-Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off
by Krista Varady
Hachette Books, 2013

In the third scenario you avoid the scale like the plague because you know very well that your weight is creeping up and you don’t want to face the awful truth.

“Thin Within: A Grace-Oriented Approach To Lasting Weight Loss” by Judy Halliday, Arthur Halliday
from Thin Within: A Grace-Oriented Approach To Lasting Weight Loss
by Judy Halliday, Arthur Halliday
Thomas Nelson, 2005

The scales had become an enemy and now it is a weight loss tool, spurring me onwards.

“The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition” by Dr Mike Moreno
from The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition
by Dr Mike Moreno
Simon & Schuster UK, 2014

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  • Scale is usefull only if you are capable to use it.

    Advanced athelete use it for monitore slow gains, and you have to use it EVERY DAY.

    Using it once a week is fucking idiot and without sense

  • Los Angeles, CA here. My husband and I have both been doing keto for 2weeks. I’ve lost 8lbs and my husband has lost 20. Other than fatigue we haven’t had any other negative symptoms, we are drinking as much water as possible and taking potassium and magnesium supplements.Thanks for all of your advice!

  • How long do I need to wait from the initial measurements until I do a second check? A month?? 2? Can someone tell me please! Thanks!

  • Watching from New York. Down from 225 to 213 so far… I did get a short, 2 days of keto flu that mostly just an onset of severe joint pain that disappeared on it’s own, on day 3… feeling great, really starting to enjoy this challenge.

  • I’m new to the keto diet. I started this challenge, without looking into too many details. I’ve been watching previous videos to catch up, but I still have a question. AFTER the 30 days are up and I’m on my own, I know I’m supposed to keep a 75% fat 20% protein and 5% carb ratio. But I’m not even sure what that looks like. How do I know I’m eating the correct ratio of food?? Is there like a easy way to tell? Is this a stupid question lol

  • So I read that breaking keto for a. Cheat day etc can have a really negative impact on the blood vessels. Is that true? I’m not sure I can go forever with out breaking ketosis

  • Cheers to you mate thanx for opening the world of keto to me managed to lose 15 klgr in 2 months lots of visceral fat,blood preshure went down,foot pain went away and many other things…thank you

  • I get sleepy and drowsy after my 4pm omad. I feel like I’d rather just skip it and stay alert. 600 calorie meal, 10% carb, 30% protein, 60% fat. No wheats, no sugars ever. 1500 calorie deficit, 6000 steps/day 1.7miles. 60 mins of activities.

  • I have been stuck my first month and my hand told me I was exchanging fat for muscle but I had a hard time believing that it was exchanging that much for so long! I have dieted before and not had a problem dropping the weight but I wasn’t working out at that time and this time I am! Thank you for this video it really helped me in my funk!

  • I bust my ass and diet, get on scale and I gained 3 lbs. I said fuck this, stopped all most exaercise and fasted until the weight I gained was off and I dropped two pounds. This is what I always do. I demand my body drop two pounds per week. If the scale does not drop at end of week then it’s water fast until it does. I refuse to not lose pounds

  • This discussion breaks my heart a little. My wife has no interest in joining me in Carnivore or even Keto. I wish she was with me like Laura and her husband. I could really use somebody to help me out.

  • It’s been 3 months for me. I even went to to doctor and my blood test came back normal for everything. I’m walking 2 hours 3 times a week and not eating bread pasta milk and I switched to black coffee and cut my sugar and salt. But after 3 months I will weigh the the same. I never changed. Not up not down. My clothes are not fitting better.

  • Hi. I lost some lbs since I started OMAD just over a month ago and I’m not sure if I used the calipers wrong but I seem to have gained body fat (even though I also started eating healthier (eating much less fast food, etc.)) Also, I lost 2 inches around the waist. I row between 10 to 30 minutes most of the week and I try to do weights every other week. Thanks.

  • I’ve been 194 for a while, but, I have lost 4 inches in my waist in 4 months of jotting my results, I measure myself once a month, I do hiit,cardio, and weight training, I have a great diet which is more of a lifestyle now, my bust is 40 in,
    my underbust is 36 in,
    my thorax /waist is 34 1/2 in,
    my stomach is 37 in,
    my hips are 47 in.
    My goal is to drop 40 lbs, I do feel a lot more stronger, and my clothes do fit more comfortable, my fat percentage with the pinch test has gradually gone down, this is just the first time I’ve recorded things down but I’ve been working out for 9 months now since I’ve had my son. My highest weight was 210.

  • I’m almost at the end of my two year journey I have lost a total of 5 stone I have 6 more pounds to go but I have been stuck at the same annoying weight for weeks no matter how hard I push I was on waaaayyyy too little calories and my body was screaming for more so I had to increase slightly which was scary but I’m now busting with more energy I’ve increased my activity I’m at a loss please help I log everything I eat as well and am definitely in a calorie deficit

  • How about working out consistently for 4 months and eating clean
    Not only have I gained weight
    I have never felt so defeated
    Four months and no relays
    Im only trying to lose 20 pounds!!!!��‍♀️��‍♀️��‍♀️��‍♀️����‍♀️����‍♀️����‍♀️����‍♀️

  • I started about two weeks ago. I’m a sophomore in college and I’ve been trying really hard. College dining halls is basically all carbs unless you have a salad. I started out at 204.5lbs and I weighed in today at 197.5lbs. I’m so happy and excited about these results and my future results. Thank you so much for starting this challenge!

  • I used to not eat enough when I was trying to lose weight, as well as weigh myself constantly at least 3 times a day. It plays a mental game with you and It sucks. I wanted to lose so much weight so fast, but everything good takes time, especially losing weight. To everyone else struggling, just keep going, one day we’re all going to look back at us fighting in this stage and be damn proud of ourselves.

  • Awesome video, I’ve been on my program for 4 weeks now. Diet and strength + HIIT 5x a week. I started seeing muscles become defined and more toneage but I actually went up 2 kilos. 4 weeks in I’d thought I’d lose way more and see more drastic changes. Though, you’re right, sometimes the way-too-high expectations cause a fake plateau. Thanks ��

  • Thanks alot Sir, you really made my day by giving each n every answer of my questions which were there in my mind in my weight loss journey.

  • Hey great video the only reason I am wanting to lose 5 or 10 lbs is because of clothes lol. I have some clothes that will look better when I get down to weight I was before but at this weight was kind of skinny. I’m 6’2 and was about 190 or 195. Thinking about doing the creatine as I think I’ll look better but might be heavier then will compare the results… Thoughts? Thx

  • I am feel better, cleaner,, my adult children are here but still lost 8 lbs. Not really hungry and doing intermittent fast. Thank you.

  • I weigh myself once a week just to keep a heads up but I go by clothes size and how I am shaping up or how am I improving with reps, weights and stamina.

    Ps…you have longer hair…it suits you.

  • It’s refreshing to hear someone clarify who SHOULD and who SHOULD NOT weigh themselves. I definitely have/had an emotional attachment to the scale. My thought used to be that THAT specific number on the scale, at THAT specific time in my life, I felt and looked my best BUT my regimen was NOT sustainable. I’ve done drastic diets (lots of cardio, major restrictions, weekly weigh ins obsession) and after gaining weight AGAIN, I’m weight lifting more, losing inches but the scale hasn’t budged. I feel I look better and fit better in my clothes but most importantly I’m not starving and binge eating as a result. I’ll have to rewatch this video time and time again as a reminder that I feel better knowing my body is responding by fat loss and the scale is just a number that shouldn’t matter anymore. Thank you!

  • Watching from belpre Ohio. I am saving the measurements til the end of the challenge but I’m definitely way less bloated and leaky gut issues were gone after just a couple days. Workouts are suffering a little feeling weaker but pushing through with less weight.

  • I’m the kind that doesn’t care how much i weigh just how i look lol �� you have to remember to trust the process overall working out and eating right just feels great even if you don’t see results as quick as you want it’s still something great helps you mentally and that’s what I’ve focused more on.

  • Yeah I went up on the scale but my pants are falling. My stomach got really tight and the scale still goes up. Don’t worry too much about the scale, follow your body.

  • hey Thomas I’m from Pennsylvania. when i started my journey back in June. i was 180. now I’m 165 thanks to your vedios and keto. I’m still having trouble sleeping.Iran getting fatigued alot. when i go running or just out go outside. i love my eggs with guacamole. when i go out for dinner i always order salmon i always skip my bread. I’m 51. should i cut down on my three eggs? i buy Englands best eggs. i love your Starbucks vedios Thomas. i need those. i love my Starbucks.

  • When I was living in Spain I dropped tons of weight, I can tell by how loose my clothes was fitting me yet anytime I weighed myself I was still the same weight and I did not understand why. I’m not even joking when I say that after 3 months the scale started moving and I was so confused as to why it took the scale this long. It was almost like the scale did not recognize the weight loss but once it did, it started going lower lower and lower. I went from 157lbs to 140 LBS in 5 months.

  • Too funny. The details in this video are me rn. I’m 150 and I’ve been calorie deficit and working out a lot for 4 weeks and zero movement on the scale but clothes are fitting me better and I do feel great. The scale always does discourage me. And you said it, I have been
    135 and I did feel great and I am hung up on that 135 goal. I will keep pushing! Thanks for this!!

  • I do the same thing���� hole week I’m in deit on weekends I’ll have my fvrt food. Nw I’m understanding y I’m not loosing my weight��

  • You inspired me to get back onto Keto and to make it a lifestyle change. I’ve already lost 18lbs since starting againmore weight than I’ve ever lost on it before. Thank you for the drive, motivation and no bullshit honesty.

  • Starting Challenge for Monday! I did Keto in the past but fell off the wagon. Been trying to restart but have had a hard time. Thank You for offering this plan��

  • I’ve learned a lot. I’ve list 2 lbs. I feel so good and have so much energy. I was able to do a 2 mile hike which I haven’t done in years. I live in California…