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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰
  • 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. πŸ™‚



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186 Responses

  1. I paid for four weeks of a personal trainer. Just knowing that I’ve paid him and that he will be waiting for me is great motivation and will keep me accountable!

  2. I plan on continuing to workout at least 5 days a week, drinking lots of water and making good choices for my meals and snacks. I will stop when I am full! πŸ™‚

  3. I’m currently 28weeks pregnant. I’ve tried watching some of your past pregnant videos. It’s so hard for me to not want to eat a ton of sweets. With my first son I went from 117lbs to 175lbs. Dropped down to 134lbs and I’m at 146lbs right now. My goal would be able to enjoy the holiday foods but in November I would like to try and workout but I’m not sure what safe workouts I could do at the gym. I get out of breath so easily. I’m also living with my grandma so it’s hard to make food because it’s not my kitchen and it’s a lot of her stuff in the fridge.

  4. Well… I was wondering if pregnant girls can join the bet? Obviously not to lose weight but make sure to stay healthy and my my muscles strong to help me through!! I’ve always been average not extremely overweight and not skinny or fit. I work out 3-4 times a week and just need a bet or some type of motivation!! I need self esteem it hurts me and people around me!! I love finishing through and proving to myself I can do it!! I love everything about what you guys do!!

  5. I will be in TWO weddings this holiday season! At first I was nervous about looking fit and slim this time of year, but now I am focused and ready to take it on! I am going to be much more conscious of what I eat, paying attention to when I am really full. Stop eating when my tummy is full, not when it’s stuffed!

  6. I am going to schedule an hour of ‘me time’ each day for workouts and/or meditation. #thanksgivingslimdown

  7. During the Holiday season, I am going to continue going to the gym six days a week, control my portions of delicious holiday food, and stay away from the white potatoes and bread πŸ™‚

  8. I have 4 children under the age of 6 years old. two of my children are in school now, so when they leave I get my younger two ready and head out the door for about a 1 3/4 hr walk (6 miles). I have been walking with a friend just to keep my motivation. I have also now added some work outs with dumbbells to my morning routines. My next step is to start eating a lot better, I have started but really need to step it up now!

  9. During the holidays, I am going to continue to try and cut back on sugar… My Starbucks addiction is a little out of control!

  10. After having three kids in less than three years, suffering Postpartum depression and putting on 100 pounds I’m finally getting out of my rut and making the choices to get back a healthy body. The holiday season will be hard but I’m learning that being healthy and putting the right foods in my body doesn’t just help me physically but also mentally. So when I’m presented with a choice to eat something bad I’m starting to realize it’s not worth it for how it makes me feel afterwards. Eating healthy food is giving me the much needed energy I need to chase around and care for my 3 year old, 22 month old, and 7 month old! My kids having a healthy mom who is able to play with them is more important than that Halloween candy and thanksgiving desserts.

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