Why Weigh Yourself
It’s always a thing of joy when you start losing weight. But here comes the big questions, how do you track your progress? It’s actually simple – weigh yourself regularly.
For this episode, I’ll tell you how often should you weigh yourself – daily, weekly, or monthly?
So let’s start with the most important fact
Before you can decide when and how often you should weigh yourself, you need to know the importance of weighing yourself. Here’s a few
It Shows If Things Are Working
Body fat and muscle both weigh something. This means that fat burn will ultimately result in weight loss. On the other hand, building muscle will result in an increase in body weight.
So why check your weight regularly? It is to ensure that your weight loss effort is actually yielding positive results. So if you don’t see any positive result, it indicates that your current diet or exercise routine needs some adjustment
To Show Whether Your Body Is Moving At the Ideal Rate
Weighing yourself does not involve knowing if you are moving in the right direction for your weight loss goal, but also it helps to determine if your body weight is moving at the ideal rate. Depending on your goals and objectives, there is a specific rate of weight gain and weight loss that is considered optimal.
Another reason why weighing yourself is important is to ensure your body weight is changing at the optimal speed. It should neither be too fast nor too slow.
So How Often Should You Weigh Yourself
The variations of your body weight depend on many different factors. These include but are not limited to your food intake, your hydration level, your exercise routine, and your bathroom habits. A few pounds of weight fluctuation is normal. Perhaps, you think you’re gaining weight hence the fluctuation. But that’s far from it. Your body is doing exactly what it needs to do to regulate its physiological functions. So how often should you weigh yourself?
One of the questions you need to ask yourself is: “Will weighing myself (weekly, daily, monthly or occasionally) do more harm than good or vice versa?” I can’t categorically tell you how often to weigh yourself. Your choice will be based on what motivates you as an individual to get on the scale.
For many people, they prefer weighing in on a daily basis since it provides a sense of accountability. Not only that, it gives them a clear picture of their progress. Daily weigh-ins help you keep track of your progress. If you’re able to look at the overall trend and pay less attention to the fluctuations, then I’ll suggest weighing yourself daily.
If you discover that you’ve gained about 0.5 pounds of weight, does it change your mood entirely? Or do you feel happy to see you’ve lost about 1.5 pounds already? If the daily weigh-ins influence your mood, then you might want to reconsider how often you weigh yourself.
Don’t let the number on the scale influence your behavior or mood – one thing you should know it’s just a number
Weighing weekly has its own advantages – it allows you to keep track of your progress while still having the other days of the week to focus on other important aspects of your life. For best results, choose one particular day of the week – be it Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays – and weigh yourself in the morning. Look for trends, but don’t get caught up in the minutiae. Keep in mind that it will take a few weeks to get a picture of where the trend is heading. This way, you don’t have to go through the mood swings that come with the daily weigh –in.
Some people opt for the monthly weight check-in. But the truth is monthly weigh-ins is a terrible way to monitor your progress and not recommended at all for obvious reasons.
On the contrary, if you’re someone who will be driven to an eating disorder or will most likely not be in great shape physically, mentally and psychologically as a result of checking your weight too frequently, then you may want to consider monthly weigh-ins.
So Which Should You Go For…?
So how often should you weigh yourself? The best answer is that it depends on your lifestyle.
When it comes to the most accurate way to weigh yourself, daily weigh-in is absolutely the best. Most people have been using this method, and it worked for them. So long as you do it the right way (take the weekly average), then you have nothing to worry about. Don’t let the daily fluctuations deter you from reaching your goals. Personally, I’d recommend daily weigh-ins.
If you’re fond of weighing yourself multiple times per day, desist from such act! It’s bad. You should not compromise it. Weigh yourself no more than once per day. A scale is a tool that helps in your weight loss goal and not to alter your mood
But if you’re the type of person who will respond poorly to the fluctuations in your weight, then try other options.
When it comes to accuracy and sanity, weekly weigh-in is still the best option.
I don’t recommend this option at all.
Overall, ask yourself about what is most helpful for you. For many people, weighing once a day is the best option. For others, weighing once per week or even once in a month is better for overall health. Each individual has different ways of getting motivation to take up a specific routine. The best thing is to find what works for you and stick to it.
Till I come your way next time, don’t do anything that will compromise your weight loss goal.
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