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Numbers can be deceiving

It could be that you are doing all the right things to take care of your body; you are eating healthy with lots of variety, following a sensible limit of daily calories, and on top of that you don't skip any workouts. So, you should be burning fat. But still the scale indicates no change - or even worse - a higher number. It can be very frustrating.  Don't worry, there are plenty of reasons why that could happen. Here are few important ones:  __Stress__ Many of us are working long days and long hours, either in school or for our jobs. Or you just have a lot of personal matters on your plate, while lots of people are depending on you. It all leads up to a restless mind and that well known worn out feeling. It's called stress.  Stress is very bad for your body and can have great impact on the numbers on your scale. The body has a system of hormonal balances, which can be altered by continuous periods of stress. When our hormonal balances are off (tilted the wrong way), it could have a negative effect on weight gain. So, a healthy recipe is to try to relax as much as you can. Relaxation and good rest (sleep) is very important to keep ourselves and our hormonal systems in balance. __After Workout Numbers__ A quick look at the scale right after a workout may be a bit confusing. Big changes could be a little deceptive. For example: after a workout you could have lost weight because you've lost plenty of water by sweating. And water accounts for about 65-90% of your weight. It is also possible that you've gained weight because your body holds on to your water percentage in order keep your body hydrated. And of course, on the scales you don't see a pinpointed explanation, but you just see a demotivating higher number.  Also, it may be that you are weighing more due to muscle damage. To repair the inner effects of a work out, your body brings a lot of moisture to the areas that are damaged. So when you are panicking about the number you see on the scale, please don't. It's actually a good thing as your body is working hard to get fit! __Big After Workout Meals__  Speaking of hormones... when we are happy or fulfilled, or in this case proud with glow of ourselves after an intense Ride at Vélo, the ghrelin hormone is created. Also known as the 'hunger hormone'. It induces your appetite; your craving for food. And it is fairly possible that we unconsciously tend to eat a lot more after a work out. You (we) are hungry and you need to reward yourself for all the work you’ve just done. But pay attention because this is the most important meal, especially if you want to drop a few sizes. Of course we need fuel and we need to re-fuel. But keep the sensible eating thoughts in mind. In that way you will be allright and you and your scale will be best friends again.  __So please remember: THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE DOES NOT ALWAYS CORRECTLY INDICATE WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS!__ We've just read and discussed some important reasons why that number could be affected. A weighing scale can be a good guide, but don't let it effect your mood too much. The most important thing is how comfortable you are in your own body and that you are healthy! We personally threw out the scales a long time ago and just go by how our clothes fit and above all how we feel in our own skin. Because in the end a little extra weight is not a bad thing, especially not when it comes with a lot of extra happiness!