I don’t like scales. I don’t like it when clients want to weigh themselves everyday. I think it is actually harmful for you to do that. You end up hyper focused on a number and can get extremely obsessive. This leads to negative thoughts about yourself when it fluctuates. And I can guarantee that it will fluctuate… daily. You are constantly in a state of putting things in your body – fluids and food, and burning off calories – so of course it is going to change depending on what you eat. Fluctuating 2-3 pounds in a day is 100% NORMAL. If you really feel you need to step on a scale, I wouldn’t do it more than once a week.
Also keep in mind, changes in weight aren’t an accurate representation of changes in body composition. Sometimes you will gain weight if you are gaining muscle. You might not be able to see the muscle for a little while so don’t get hung up on the number on the scale thinking that you’re not progressing.
The best way to tell if you are making progress is going to be in how your clothes fit. I also like to use progress photos. Take a few angles once a month, preferably on the same day, in the same outfit and same lighting. You don’t ever need to show these to anyone if you don’t want to. There are some other more complex methods of tracking your progress, but I don’t like to get bogged down by numbers, so I’m all for keeping it simple.
I also LOVE to have clients check-in with how they are feeling. I know we all want to SEE the progress, but sometimes a lot of it is internal. You are learning new techniques and developing new habits that are in alignment with your goals. I get excited when clients can put these skills into action. This tells me that one day you won’t need me to help you manage the obstacles and roadblocks that life throws at you. This is progress.