The Scale: How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?
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.