When you are working hard to lose weight it can seem like even the basics, like science and your own eyes, are allied against you. They’re really not. But it is wise to be careful where you place your trust when it comes to assessing results. For example, scales may not be the most trustworthy choice. Weight fluctuates daily and can be particularly mobile during the monthly periods when women are subject to hormonal input. It may be far wiser to measure one’s waist and take pictures to document any real changes. It’s also important to get to know calories. While weight loss is a simple mathematical problem of taking in fewer calories than one burns off, the matter of what those numbers are is not always so simple. Being off by a hundred here and there can really throw a timetable off. To lose weight permanently, it is usually smart to exercise. Exercise boosts the number of calories burned and it can reset the metabolism and reshape the body. Too much exercise, however, can lead to injuries and stress. Not consuming enough fiber can be a problem, as can the addition of diet-specific foods, which often add sweeteners and ill-advised chemicals. Simple, whole foods are often the best choice.
- Oftentimes dieters get fixated on a number on a scale, forgetting that weight fluctuates daily, due to undigested matter and liquid.
- It’s often smarter to rely on visual evidence and the numbers inherent in a tape measure reading than on what the scale affords.
- Water weight, in particular, fluctuates for women with monthly hormone activity.
“When this happens, your clothes may start to feel looser — especially around the waist — even if the number on the scale remains the same.”