How To Look Beyond The Scale

Have a love-hate relationship with the scale? You’re not alone – most dieters do!

Some days you hop on the scale and find you’ve dropped a few pounds. Those days, the scale’s your best friend.

Other days, you look down and find the needle hasn’t budged at all. Or worse, that you’ve gained a pound!

Those days, the scale can feel like your worst enemy.

One bad weigh-in can make you doubt your progress and tempt you to give up on your diet completely

IF you judge your progress solely by the scale.

But here’s the thing…

What the scale says is only part of the story.

Your weight fluctuates day to day. Water retention, hormones, and salt intake all play a part.

And if you’re working out, you could be burning fat and building muscle…

Which can make weigh-ins extra confusing.

Say you burn 5 pounds of fat but build 5 pounds of muscle. That’s amazing!!

But if you just go by the scale, you’ll feel discouraged… and underestimate your progress.

Yes, the scale is one way to track progress. But it’s NOT the only way.

And while it’s good to weigh in now and then, once a week is plenty.

So today, I want to share 5 other ways to gauge your progress:

📷 Pictures: Seeing your progress can help motivate you – no matter what the scale says!

📏 Measurements: You often lose inches faster than pounds. So keep a measuring tape handy.

😊 How you feel: Do you have more energy? Are you sleeping better? How’s your mood?

🩺 Health stats: Has anything changed? Is your cholesterol improving? Or blood pressure going down?

👚 How your clothes fit: Are they fitting better? Or feeling a bit looser?

ACTION STEP: Take note of any positive changes you’re noticing… and celebrate them!

Superfood Spotlight: Basil 

Basil gives zest to dishes and offers powerful health benefits. It’s chock full of antioxidants, which protect your body from free radicals. Antioxidants are key to preventing cancer and keeping your skin youthful.

Basil also lowers inflammation, which is crucial to weight loss success.

And while pesto is delicious, it’s not the only way to enjoy this herb. Basil adds a punch of flavor to salads, soups, and yes… even smoothies! Try it out in the recipe below:

Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Basil Smoothie

324 calories

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (220g)
  • 1 cup raw spinach (30g)
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp whole chia seeds (10g)
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts (20g)
  • ½ medjool date, pitted (12g)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut water (240ml)

7 Simple Tips to Avoid Making Unhealthy Smoothies

Think all smoothies are healthy? Think again! Many ‘healthy’ smoothies are loaded with calories, sugar, and additives.

Some smoothies have almost as much sugar as a soda or candy bar – which is not helpful for weight loss!

It’s easy to go overboard without even knowing it. That’s why I’m sharing the most common smoothie-making pitfalls – so you can make a perfect smoothie every time.

Latest Win

This week’s win comes from Barbara, who’s new to the Smoothie Diet, but loving it already:

“I just bought the 21-day smoothie diet and I have to admit that I am not hungry at all and that your recipes are awesome and very delicious.” -Barbara M.

Glad you’re enjoying it so far Barbara! 😊 Keep me updated!

That’s all for now – until next time, have a great week!

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