What to do when the scales don’t show results

“Remember that the reason you’re doing this is to make your life better”

Being aware of your weeks is a great way to check on your progress, which is why I recommend you weigh in each week and record the result in your progress tracker to track your weight loss while on this program.

However, not every week will tell the real story on the scales. It can be frustrating when you think you’re doing all the right things, making good food choices, following my menu plan and exercising yet the scales aren’t showing results.

So, what do you do? The old ‘diet queen‘ Annette would give up and before I knew it, I was back to where I started. Before this happens to you can I suggest that you check on a few things?

Here are my 6 things to check when the scales are not budging:

  1. Are you being honest with your servings? Check your portion sizes. If a recipe serves 6, make sure you divide it into 6 equal portions before serving your meal.
  2. Are you weighing your food? Guessing isn’t ideal as having extra bits and pieces can impact your weight loss success. If you don’t own a set of digital kitchen scales, make it a priority to get some, you can pick up a cheap set from Kmart. Mine sit on my kitchen bench and I use them every day, for cooking and for weighing snacks such as fresh fruit and nuts.
  3. When you exercise, are you walking or strolling? You need to get your heart rate up and be lightly puffing when you exercise. Research shows that if you can talk easily when you are exercising you need to ramp up the pace. I like to do a short jog in between walking as it’s a great way to increase your heart rate. Why don’t you give it a try?
  4. Are you feeling positive? Your mindset plays a big part in the results you achieve. By looking at this journey as a lifestyle and a long-term solution to your weight issues you’re more likely to stay motivated. If you begrudge every healthy mouthful of food, it’s less likely you’ll follow the plan strictly. You joined this program for a reason, you wanted to lose weight and be healthier, don’t lose the drive and focus from when you first joined. Remember your WHY!
  5. Are you adding things that aren’t on the menu? My final tip is to write a food diary for the next seven days and weigh and measure everything. Sometimes we don’t acknowledge the extra potato, a couple of lollies, that little bit more avocado, or a glass of wine or soft drink. So make a commitment to write down everything you eat and drink this week, you may like the results you get from doing this simple task. You’ll find a Sample day blank sheet HERE
  6. Are you drinking enough water? Being dehydrated can really affect your weight loss so either get a jug out on the bench and drink a glass every hour or get the ap that dings to say have a drink. Have a water bottle with you at all times and aim for 2 litres a day. Herbal tea and plain mineral water count as your water too. Watch this video to find out more.

You’ll also find a checklist in the Member FAQs HERE to help you troubleshoot further.

I also recommend you take your measurements once a month as often we can see results here when the scales are telling a different story.

Action step

If you feel that you’re doing everything right and yet you aren’t losing weight, go to the ASK ANNETTE tab and email me, we may need to review your level and make some adjustments. Can I also suggest that it might be time to pay a visit to your GP to have a full check-up? Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to your health.

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