And many more....
We need to allow enough time to assess your weight loss results. If we don't, who knows if it's down to that extra 2 pints of water you drank earlier?
It's a bit like your bank balance I suppose....
If you wanted to assess your savings month on month, you wouldn't assess it day to day, it would be an emotional rollercoaster for sure!
One day a bill comes out, you're dead upset, the next day some money goes in, you're over the moon, but not for long as your gas bill comes out 2 days later.....
This wouldn't make sense.
We would take a look at the end of each month after all the financial fluctuations take place, that's all that matters!
From here onward just think, it makes sense to weigh ourselves weelky or fortnightly, just so we have some data to work with.
After 3 - 5 weeks, THEN we can see what is actually happening.
The average over the course of a month ish is what we base our results on.
The process of weightloss is NEVER linear...
Week 1 - Loss of 2 lbs
Week 2 - Maintain
Week 3 - Gain of 1lb
Week 4 - Loss of 1lb
Week 5 - Loss of 3lbs
The result here is a loss of 5lbs in total.
The average loss is 1lb per week .
This is an EXCELLENT result!
Anywhere between 1 - 2lbs loss on average is ace!
But in reality here is what our emotions are doing:
Week 1 - Loss of 2lbs! SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW!!!!
Week 2 - Maintain WHAT??? I DID EVERYTHING THE SAME AS LAST WEEK!
Week 3 - Gain of 1lb! THIS IS JUST TAKING THE P*SS NOW!!
Week 4 - Loss of 1lb. OMG I AM STILL BACK TO SQUARE ONE AFTER MY 1LB GAIN!
Week 5 - Loss of 3lbs! YESSSSSS!! OVER THE MOON!!
See the difference?
The result in 1 or 2 weeks REALLY doesn't matter. We have nowhere near enough info just yet!
Over 3 - 5 weeks, this gives us much more information about what is going on right now.
Don't let the number no the scales play havoc with your mindset week in, week out, this is not what the weighing weekly is for.
It's purely to assess the average at the end of the month.
This is also why it's good to use other methods of assessment in conjunction with weekly weighing too, like using the measuring tape, feeling how your clothes fit, strength increases etc.
Follow the advice above and you win, all whilst enjoying every minute of the process!
Hope this helps you :)