How To Correctly Weigh - A Complete Guide
Written by Diet Bites
You mean there's a checklist? Oh yes!
Gloria hopped onto her friend's scales late one Saturday afternoon, then screamed so loudly that the neighbors thought the town's warning system had been activated. "How could I have possibly gained seven pounds?" Gloria cried (literally). "I've been so careful - I even drove by the bakery without sniffing today!"
Yes indeed, Gloria has been very good. So how did she gain seven pounds? Or, are her friend's scales broken? But most importantly, will this story have a happy ending? You be the judge. Which of the following do you think reveals the REAL truth?
1. Gloria has not been good regarding her diet. She ate 1 dozen cream-filled objects and drank 15 sodas today, so you're shocked that the scales don't indicate an even higher number.
2. The friend's scales are broken. The friend probably picked up a few pounds last week, jumped up and down on them, and injured the little springs that control the numbers.
3. Actually, Gloria hasn't gained any weight at all. She just isn't weighing correctly!
If you guessed #3, congratulations! Gloria hasn't gained a pound - not even an ounce. So, why did her friend's perfectly good scale indicate that enormous weight gain? Because Gloria wasn't weighing correctly.
How to Weigh:
- Use the same scale to weigh on every time that you weigh.
- Weigh at about the same time every day - ideally in the morning.
- Try to weigh once a day, or once a week minimum.
- Go to the scales empty. That means: go naked, go before you eat, and go after you take a morning whiz. I know a man who lost almost 5 pounds after taking a whiz. I don't know how; he must have the bladder of a horse. However, it is a very good example of why we need to take a whiz before weighing.
If the scale indicates that you've gained a few pounds, don't panic. If the scale seems to stick on this number the following morning, then you can panic. Your scale may indicate a weight gain if:
- You have 'inhaled' more salt than usual. Your body will naturally retain water due to the high sodium intake.
- If you have been working out, you may have gained some muscle - which weighs more than fat. This is a good thing, so if you've been working out, pull out your measuring tape and admire your results. (Around your waist, of course.)
- Constipation can cause a temporary weight gain. Go prunes!
- If it's 'that time of the month' then it's perfectly normal to pick up a few pounds. These should slide off quickly as your period subsides.
- Sometimes the humidity effects the scales.
- Check the batteries and make sure that the bunny is still beating that drum.
- If you've been naughty while cruising down the pastry section, then you're probably seeing a true weight gain. Get back on track immediately and head for the veggie area.
Next time we'll talk about some slimming fashion techniques!