Weighing yourself - How often?

To weigh or not to weigh - that is the question!

There are two main schools of thought about weighing yourself and they are:

Weigh yourself daily and

Weigh yourself less often say, weekly or monthly.  What are the pros and cons?

Weigh Daily: Those in favour of this idea say that by jumping on the scales daily it is a reminder to you that you are on a lifetime journey and you need to be watchful of your food intake for the coming day.  Studies in the USA  have shown that the vast majority of people who weigh daily tended to lose weight and maintain the loss long term.

There are others who get frustrated at what they see on the scales because let’s face it not much happens on a daily basis.  Also it is normal for all of us to experience daily fluctuations including 1 – 2 pound increases.  For these people daily weighing is stressful, and could even encourage them to abandon the journey through depression.

Weigh Weekly or Monthly:  Weight loss is for most of us a slow but sustained process, and hence weighing on a weekly or even monthly basis might make more sense.  At the end of the day we are looking at the trend going down and daily fluctuations are meaningless.

Whichever system you opt for be consistent: Always weigh yourself at the same time of the day, with the same (or no clothes on) and after you’ve been to the loo.

Last but not least: maybe we should ignore the scales altogether and focus on our clothing.  If we are trimming down it will get looser.  Bear in mind it could get tighter in areas where you are working out eg arms.

Should you use weigh scales