The Bariatric Bible by Carol Bowen Ball

The Bariatric Bible by Carol Bowen Ball

Author:Carol Bowen Ball
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: The Experiment
Published: 2019-04-15T00:00:00+00:00


Stepping on the scale doesn’t have to be a scary event for a yearly or monthly doctor’s or dietician’s visit—and it also doesn’t have to be a daily torture ritual at home. There is a happy medium in there.

The Truth. Experts recommend that people weigh themselves once a week, at the same time every week. Weighing yourself every day can have a negative impact on you.

For so many of us, the scale is a source of stress and self-loathing, but it really shouldn’t be. Don’t think of it as anything other than a compass—something we use when losing weight, to keep us going in the right direction. It tells us what’s going on with our bodies so we can effectively modify our regimen to ensure continued weight loss. It’s just a tool—no more and no less. So how frequently should you consult it?

Your weight varies throughout the day. Not only does your weight change every day, it also changes at different times throughout a single day, so there’s no point in weighing yourself every day—and definitely not multiple times a day. This is because of body fluid fluctuations—you might be retaining water from too much salt consumption, or you may not have gone to the bathroom yet. All of these things affect your weight. The issue with checking daily is that minor fluctuations can freak people out—or discourage them from their weight loss efforts. Instead, take photos and body measurements, and judge yourself by your fitness endurance and how your clothes are fitting.


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