Should I weigh myself regularly?
Your weight is just one of the parameters of your overall health profile. Regular weighing may help you track your weight loss and weight maintenance goals. It is an effective way to track if your weight loss strategy is enough to burn calories or if you need to intensify your training.
A scale is a useful tool in your healthy weight gain journey. It offers early recognition of slow patterns of weight gain and provides an opportunity to modify your lifestyle behavior before total weight gain becomes extremely difficult to control. A study reported that adults with excessive weight (overweight or obese) who were trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain and who weighed themselves regularly were found to lose weight more often than those who weighed themselves less frequently. This study suggested that at least some people can benefit from daily weight measurements.
It is prudent to remember that inch loss is more important than weight loss. If you lose weight after a crash diet but your clothes are still tight, then it may mean that you are losing bone and muscle mass, which is not healthy at all.
If you crave control and feedback, regular weighing may satisfy more of your requirements and motivate you for further weight loss achievements. The scale can bring a feeling of achievement if you are slaying your diet and exercise goals.
However, if you easily get discouraged, daily weighing might lead you to give up your attempts if you don’t see rapid progress. Because weight fluctuates every day, weighing daily may lead to discouragement and potential diet sabotage if you see a higher number on the scale than you saw the day before. Therefore, some weight loss plans may not recommend weighing yourself daily. However, they often recommend to step on the scale once a week or even less frequently.
It is better if you weigh once weekly or even monthly for a more accurate reflection of weight control progress. However, if you have eating disorders or anxiety related to weight loss or gain, it is better to avoid it.