Let’s face it. One of the hardest New Year resolution to do (and we’re guilty of failing it constantly) is to lose weight. Weight loss seems a pauper’s dream for most of us. We need to work hard, control ourselves from mindless eating, watch out the foods we’re eating, and exercise constantly in order to lose weight. Yet no matter what we do, sometimes we get frustrated because all our efforts seem to be in vain.
We became anxious and we dreaded weighing on the scale, afraid to see that the scale has not moved (or worse, it moved to the right!) indicating either we’ve maintained our weight or we gained one. We felt like our whole world then came crashing down. We often blame ourselves, thinking hard where we did wrong to cause the scale not to move. The worst-case scenario is when we finally resort to surgery or taking pills because we’re desperate now to get rid of the fat in our body.
Truth be told, you don’t need to suffer that much just because the scale has not moved. It doesn’t mean you’ve not lost any weight already. Don’t let yourself be enslaved with what the scale is telling you. There are far, better ways of determining whether you’ve lost some weight or not.
1. You Need to Resize Your Rings
Think your belly is the one shrinking when you get to lose weight? Think again! Your fingers will surprisingly shrink too! So the next time you wonder why a certain ring that didn’t fit you before suddenly fits, it’s an indication that you’ve lost some weight! Why? It’s because your fingers also store fats like the rest of your body. Your fingers naturally bloat because of water retention, thus, increasing your ring size. However, when you’ve lost some weight, the tissues around your fingers also starts to release those water too, causing your ring size to shrink back!
2. You Look Thinner When You Look Yourself On the Mirror
This is a very important reminder to all who have undergone some dietary changes in their lives. Your scale might not have moved, but you can determine whether you’ve lost weight or not by seeing your own body! Yes! We know, we know how much it must hurt and humiliating to see the ugly version of you in front of the mirror (and don’t get us wrong, you are beautiful, just that it’s not your ideal body as of the moment), but believe us when we say that the mirror can also be your great weight loss buddy! Especially if you want to see whether you’ve lost weight or not!
How? By staring at your body! We want you to take some time looking at yourself in the mirror. You’ll notice that you’ve gained some muscles, your body looked more solid and firmer than before. That’s because you might not have lost any weight, you’re definitely losing some fats and gaining some muscles! You’re leaner and sexier than before! Another way to determine whether you’ve lost weight or not is by taking before and after photos.
3. You’re Less than Likely to Crave Sweet Foods
One of the greatest benefits you can reap from losing weight is the ability to sate your cravings, or not trigger any binge-eating at all! You’re now able to resist the temptation you once had for sweet or salt cravings! You’re not in a constant battle between your heart and mind anymore! Of course, it doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to indulge yourself with these foods anymore. You can still indulge in them, but now you do it in moderation!
Remember that it’s okay if you base your weight loss through the scales, but you should not rely on it solely to assess your success or failure. You need to see your weight loss success in the bigger picture, especially on your health aspect. Are you sleeping better than before? Do you feel more energetic than before? Are you able to do the activities you didn’t imagine you can do before? If your answer is yes then those signs are enough for you to conclude that you’ve lost some weight.