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The scale doesn't tell the whole truth

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The scale is appealing because it shows an instant, tangible metric of how you're progressing, and it seems like an easy way to tell if your weight-loss plan is working. But it's also easy to get too attached to that number—and you might start to define yourself based on what your morning weigh-in says, despite your best intentions. What's worse is, that number you're so fixated on might not even be an accurate gauge of your true progress.
Your body is a complex machine; depending on fluid shifts, hormonal changes, when you last ate, how much sodium you've ingested, and multiple other factors, your weight could fluctuate by several pounds in just a single day.
There are so many variables to your body weight, and gaining or losing a pound or two daily is normal. There are other important health factors to always consider and keep in mind when living a healthy life.
How much your blood pressure/cholesterol/blood glucose numbers have improved
How many flights of stairs you can climb
How good you are at making healthy food choices
How much muscle mass you've put on in relation to fat lost
The number of fruits and veggies you eat every day
The number of medications you've been able to stop taking since getting healthier
The number of compliments you've received
All these and many more are great indicators of your progress and your health goals-not just that unwanted number on your scale!

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