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While weighing yourself can be an effective way to measure and monitor your progress, you should keep in mind that the number on the scale isn’t an accurate measure of how hard you’ve worked. Your body weight fluctuates on a regular basis due to a variety of factors including what you eat and drink as well as your level of stress. Ideally, you should weigh yourself once a week keeping the following in mind: use the same scale to ensure consistent measures, weigh yourself in the morning and on an empty stomach.

If your workouts include a strong weight training program, an increase on the scale is likely due to an increase in muscle development, not body fat. We encourage you to consider additional measurement methods such as how your clothing fits, your energy levels and your sleep quality. For a comprehensive report of your progress, consider booking a reassessment with your trainer.

Laina Barber is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul

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