I'm not completely against scales.
If you are brand new to your health and fitness journey you likely have goals relating to the daunting number you see appear on the scale. Your weight can be a good indicator on the effectiveness of your current exercise and nutrition plan. BUT there are reasons why you shouldn't expect to see those numbers decrease drastically each week.
As I've discussed before, when you want to burn fat you need to participate in cardio and resistance based exercises. We have learned that our body's fat burning ability increases with muscle growth. So, if you're burning fat while gaining muscle the scale is going to give you a number that is deceiving. Why? Because muscle growth comes with weight gain. Muscle actually weighs more than fat! The weight you gain from muscle growth is going to make your body more efficient at burning the excess fat you're hoping to shed. It is likely that some weeks your body will fluctuate by -+5 pounds due to the muscle growth you're experiencing. It's really important not to get discouraged by the scale. A lot of people depend too much on the numbers and their motivation dwindles.
But Kodie.. I'm only doing cardio, I'm not building muscle.. and the weight is still there, not fluctuating at all.
1) Even if you're just doing cardio, your body is still performing exercises it has yet to adapt to (If you've just begun). Your muscles are breaking down and rebuilding to perform more efficiently at that exercise; so you will still see some muscle growth. It's important to do variations of cardio and add resistance exercises (even light weight) instead of going to the gym and spinning for an hour or using the eliptical each time. If your body gets use to a workout, it no longer needs to adapt and you wont see muscle growth or weight loss.
2) Evaluate your nutrition, are you eating enough? Are you eating too much? What kinds of foods are you eating? Let's evaluate this together.. don't be afraid to fill out the contact form if you want help!
3) Instead of setting goals determined by the number on the scale, try setting goals that have to do with strength, clothing, inches, emotions, and energy levels.
Strength goals: I will be capable of doing 20 regular push ups by July 21st.
Endurance goals: I will run 2 miles without stopping by July 21st.
Confidence goals: I will wear my bikini on August 15th at feel comfortable.
Physical goals: Fit into my size (_) jeans by September 10th.
Emotional goals: I will reduce my stress levels by running every other day for 6 weeks.