When people try to gain or lose weight, they often begin to question how often they should weigh themselves. Some professionals suggest weighing every week or every other week, while some say daily. But with those varied suggestions, how do you know how often to weigh yourself?
For most people, weighing in a few times a week is sufficient. Why? Because it allows you to track your progress without obsessing about the number on the scale every single day. New research disagrees with this, however. A few studies published in the last few years show that people who weigh in daily have higher weight loss and better weight maintenance.
In the end, knowing how often to weigh yourself depends on you. If you find yourself obsessing over the number on the scale or feeling overly discouraged in yourself, weighing in once or twice a week may suffice.
On the other hand, if you don’t let the scale determine how you feel about yourself or decrease your motivation, hop on daily. Sometimes knowing where you stand can be a motivator in and of itself.
It is important to note, however, that there are a number of things that affect weight change. So if you feel like you’re eating well and exercising appropriately, maybe you should look at this article to see if something else may be affecting your ability to shed unwanted pounds.
It’s also important to know that you are not defined by the number on the scale. You are more than a number – even though it doesn’t always feel that way. Just think of all the other great characteristics you hold. You’re strong, powerful, funny, beautiful, friendly and most of all, uniquely you.
If you’re looking for help to shed those pounds, all you have to do is reach out. I’m here to help!