Can You Weigh Yourself Too Often?
Stepping on the scale can be a valuable tool that reveals which route you need to take for weight loss. However, if you’ve been trying to lose weight without success, this practice can become a dreaded and stressful one, possibly leading to unhealthy eating habits and dangerous weight loss choices. Let’s explore how to lose weight fast in a healthy way.
Frequent Weighing Can Be Dangerous
Of course, it’s important to stay on track with your eating and weight loss goals. Weighing yourself can be a great way to keep yourself accountable. However, when trips to the scale occur multiple times in a day, it can quickly become an obsession. It’s important to keep your weigh-ins at a frequency that allows you to track your weight in a realistic way.
Your Weight Is Not Consistent
If your weight loss journey has been a struggle, you may be tempted to weigh yourself every day to see if you’ve lost any pounds. However, your daily weight will be affected by many things, including what you ate, how much water you’re retaining, your muscle mass, and even your hormones. Therefore, weighing daily may cause misconceptions.
Instead, weigh yourself once a week on the same day and time. Ensure you’re using the same scale and are wearing similar clothing, and then record your weight so that you can track it. At the end of the month, average these weigh-in numbers to plan next month’s goals. Remember that even if you’ve only lost a little, you’ve still lost weight.
Muscle vs. Fat
Does muscle weigh more than fat? The truth is that a pound of muscle and a pound of fat both weigh the same. The confusion about muscle vs. fat typically results from the fact that muscle has a higher density than fat, so it will take up less space in the body than fat.
The bottom line is that the number on the scale is just one indicator of how you’re doing with your weight loss efforts. Not only that, but your scale won’t indicate how much fat or muscle is currently present in your body.
Diet and Activity
Sticking to a healthy eating plan and ensuring that you get moving for 30 minutes or more a day are the most effective ways to lose weight. However, no healthy eating or exercise plan will bring results overnight. Patience, perseverance, and a positive attitude will go a long way.
Other Options for Healthy Weight Loss
Healthy weight loss goes beyond the scale. Accepting yourself as you are and positive self-talk are two ways to stay inspired and motivated. It can also be helpful to surround yourself with friends and family who support you in your weight loss goals.
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Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, posts, or videos. All patients have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.
Most people have a love/hate relationship with their scale. On perfect days, it’s your best friend but, on others, it can seem like your worst enemy. There’s no denying that a scale is a powerful weight loss tool, and studies have proven1 that weighing yourself leads to significantly greater weight loss.
You may need to lose weight with bariatric surgery or you may be trying to do it on your own. Whatever the reason, you need your scales to back you up, not let you down.
The Psychology of Weight Watching
Since scales only provide you with a number, and it’s impossible to define what a “correct” weight is, the results you see are entirely up to you to interpret. This provides its own difficulty—how you feel about what your scales are telling you can vary wildly, depending on factors such as mood, expectations, and the opinions of others.
It’s also true that while maintaining a healthy weight is an admirable goal, you can’t let it become an obsession and sacrifice your happiness and life balance over it. On the other hand, weight loss shouldn’t be a crash diet but a habit that becomes as natural as breathing—and regular weight checks will go a long way in forming (and reinforcing) that habit.
How and When to Weigh Yourself
Follow your scale’s instructions properly every time you weigh yourself, and try to weigh yourself in the same location every time. Wear as little clothing as possible, as this can lead to unsettling fluctuations in the readout. Stand still, breathe, and don’t rush it.
The key is routine, and weighing yourself once per day, every day, seems to achieve the best results. Likewise, try to weigh yourself at the same time every day so it becomes part of your ritual. Morning is best before you’ve eaten, so you can rely on a consistent readout. Whatever you do every morning—take a shower, make a smoothie, catch up on social media—weigh yourself consistently right before that activity.
Where Should I Put My Scale?
The bathroom is the obvious answer to this, and with good reason. Almost all people visit the bathroom in the morning, so, if you keep your scale in plain sight, then you’ll be reminded at the perfect time. Again, it’s all about forming a habit.
As the temptation to weigh yourself more frequently can be overwhelming, a good idea is to also keep a pen and paper on or near the scale so you can write down your weight each morning. That way, you’ll know that you’ve already weighed yourself and that any further weighing that day doesn’t count.
Take Small Steps and Keep Your Destination in Sight
This idea of charting your progress is an important one. No matter your reason for deciding to lose weight, you’ll need to have both a goal and clear, manageable steps toward it to succeed. With a chart in place tracking your daily weight, you’ll be able to congratulate yourself on daily achievements while having a visible path to success at the same time.
Don’t forget, though, that everyone who attempts to lose weight will have their off days. Don’t break your routine, and don’t lose heart! You’ve undertaken an incredibly courageous mission, and having a minor setback just means that you’re human.
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Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, posts, or video. All patients have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.