A Weight Loss Win: It’s More Than That Number on the Scale


10/24/15: The winner of our free DietBet game entry is…Lisa!!! And since I had several Lisas enter, the winning Lisa’s email address has something to do with stars. Lisa w/ stars, please check your inbox for instructions on how to claim your free entry. And for everyone else, thank you so much for entering! You have set some amazing goals for yourselves?you got this! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here?s a question I?m asked frequently: ?Heidi, I?m following my diet so carefully, working out hard five days a week, and the scale is not budging! What am I doing wrong??

My answer? Nothing…You?re very possibly not doing anything wrong! In fact, you?ve been doing so many things right. It?s kinda? sad how we let that dumb number on the scale make us feel either over-the-moon elated or like a total failure.

Here are seven ways you can tell that all your hard work and dedication are paying off?no matter what number is on that darn scale:

  • Do your clothes fit looser? If so, you’ve changed body fat into lean body mass (muscle) which will burn more fat. That?s a win!
  • Have you lost inches? If you haven?t taken your measurements yet, go do it right now! And retake your measurements each time you weigh. You might be surprised at the results. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Do you just feel better? Do you have more energy? These are sure signs of a healthier body.
  • Are you sleeping better? Again, another sign of a healthier body.
  • A small weight gain or no weight loss could be due to what you ate recently. Sodium and carbs (yes, even the healthy ones) can cause water retention, so keep that in mind.
  • Ladies, is it around that time of the month? Along with all the other ?lovely? things we get to experience during this time, temporary weight gain can be one of them. Remember, the key word here is temporary.
  • Only weigh yourself once a week. I know. It?s so tempting to step on that scale more often just to see…but…if that number on the scale is not what you’d hoped, it can be pretty disappointing and lead to making some not-so-great choices. Your weight naturally fluctuates from day to day, so why set yourself up for some totally unnecessary frustration? If you?re carb cycling, weigh yourself weekly on the morning of day 6 for most cycles (most number of days post Reward Day and after the most number of low-carb days).

And here’s a bonus tip: Chris and I are hosting another DietBet game?”Thanksgiving Slim Down”?that begins on October 27th, and I’m giving away one free entry right here! To enter, leave me a comment below telling me one thing you’re going to do to keep your transformation goals front and center during the holidays AND share this post on social media. And I want to be able to find you, so please tag me and use the hashtag #thanksgivingslimdown. You have until midnight, Friday, October 23, to enter, and one winner will be randomly chosen and announced right here on Saturday, October 24. And don’t forget to sign up for our game: DietBet.com/ChrisPowell.

So there you have it…my sure-fire tips for winning that battle with your scale. ๐Ÿ™‚



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186 Responses

  1. I am focusing on keeping the indulgences just for cheat days. Easy to say no on the other days knowing I can have on cheat day.

  2. I am consistently attending BarraFit 4 days a week. I’ve never been consistent with exercise until I found this amazing class which incorporates self-defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and cardio strike.

  3. I’m making healthier food choices this holiday season by not indulging in every sweet treat that comes my way and replacing those with healthier options, like fruit.

  4. I’m going to keep pushing forward – not giving myself guilt when family stuff gets in the way – but also not give up easily and make time for working out.

  5. I’m keeping my fitness goals front and center during the holidays by making them front and center each day. I changed my schedule at work so that I don’t get there until later in the morning. It gives me time to workout in the morning and sets each day off right. Before, when I was trying to go to the gym after work, I often failed because I was exhausted after work. Now it’s the thing that gets my “first fruits” of each day.

  6. I’m in a boot camp class where my 2yr old and 8mo old are welcome and I’m encouraged to use them as weight. I’m ready to ditch the baby weight (I still have some left over from the 2yr old as well as the 9mo old).

  7. It’s all about how you think about things. Sometimes it’s SO hard to resist that decadent treat, which makes you feel like the reward in poundage results should match. But what we can’t see is our heart, liver, kidneys, and other parts of our system getting stronger and eliminating the fat that’s congesting everything.

  8. One thing I am doing to make sure I reach my goals is limiting my sugar intake. I have a MAJOR sweet tooth and I’m trying to limit myself to two sweets a week to start. Also, I’m trying so hard to avoid binges, which means I’m listening to my body and eating a healthy snack when I’m hungry. This dietbet would add additional motivation to reach my goals! #thanksgivingslimdown

  9. I’m learning that the word “no” is okay! This will be especially beneficial through the holiday’s when all the offers of those yummy foods are held under my nose!

  10. I bought a new planner to keep goals, progress, and workout plan written . I’m hoping that with a new baby, this will help me get back into a workout routine. ๐Ÿ™‚

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