I'm an "expert" (if I say so myself) on weight loss! I've lost hundreds of pounds in my adult life. I've also gained hundreds back. This time, I'm trying to avoid past mistakes. When trying to lose weight, we're naturally interested in tracking our progress. People commonly make mistakes in weighing themselves. Here are some "do's" and "don'ts."

Don't:

Weigh yourself at the end of the day. You'll likely weigh more than you do in the morning. Don't weigh yourself after a workout. Fluid loss from the exertion will give you a deceptively low number. Don't weigh yourself every day. Daily variations in sodium intake, and other factors can skew your numbers.

Do:

Weigh yourself at the same time of day each time, preferably first thing in the morning. Use the same scale each time. Pay attention to your your body, not just the scale. The numbers may temporarily stop going down. That doesn't mean your progress has stopped. Fat may be giving way to muscle, which has greater density. Pay attention to how your clothes fit.

Am I an expert? Yes, and no. Heaven knows, I've got a lot of experience, and I've made ALL of the mistakes listed above. If you're on a mission to drop a few (or a lot) of , pounds, best of luck. If you want to talk, hit me up on Facebook. We can, hopefully, encourage one another.

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