There’s no doubt about it, the scale is the most commonly used tool to track your weight — gains and losses. What gets tricky is our relationship with the scale. It can very quickly become an unhealthy one.
Personally I think all bathroom scales should be abolished (based mostly on the fact of our unhealthy obsession with it). Before we go any further, I want you to know the number staring back at you when you step on your scale does not define you or even give a proper measure of your success-failure with your weight loss. However, no matter how you feel about the scale, there remains a question as to when is the Best Time to Weigh Yourself.
Let’s dive in.
Do you obsess over your weight? Find yourself stepping on the scale morning, noon and night? Maybe you get totally and completely crushed that the needle never seems to go down…and even sometimes goes up?
While it’s good to check in now and again, obsessing over the number isn’t healthy. And it’s also not a true reflection of your hard work, sweat and sometimes, tears.
Remember, you are so much more than that number on the scale. You were made for more, to be healthy and happy and no scale can reflect those attributes.
Alrighty, that being said these key points will help you get the most out of your weigh-ins:
1. Weigh yourself once a week at the most.
Personally, I recommend once a month. Your weight is going to fluctuate depending on what you ate, what you drank (or didn’t drink, if you didn’t get all your water in), if you are PMSing, the list goes on and on. Pick a day of the week (I like Sunday) and always step on your scale the same day. If you choose to only weigh in once a month, pick the same date each month for easier tracking i.e. the 1st of the month.
2. Step on the scale first thing in the morning, after you go to the bathroom.
Make sure you do it first thing in the morning after hopping out of bed, before you consume anything. Have your first pee break and bowel movement before getting on the scale. It doesn’t matter too much if you leave your clothes on or take them off, just be sure to be consistent and always weigh yourself the same way (I always go buck naked lol).
3. Placement counts.
Put your scale on a hard, even surface, not on carpeting. If the scale moves or is wobbly, you won’t get an accurate reading. The floor in my bedroom slopes a bit so I make sure to always place my scale in the same spot so I can get a proper readout.
4. Stand Still.
Don’t suck it in or push out your belly. Stand still, breathing normally with your hands by your side. I also suggest going barefoot, espesh if your scale also measures body fat.
5. Take more than one measurement.
I suggest taking 3 measurements for increased accuracy. Maybe the batteries in your scale are going and need to be replaced. Sometimes this can give a false first reading. If you find the number staring back is a little off, then step off, allow the scale to reset and take two more measurements in this manner.
6. Record your measurement and keep out of sight.
I keep a notebook where I record all my measurements (you should be taking your bust, waist and hip measurements when weighing yourself too so you are getting a look at the whole picture) and file it in my office so it’s not always in my face reminding me how slow my own weight loss is 😉
Just a quick side note…true and lasting weight loss is supposed to be slow. The weight did not go on overnight girlie and it ain’t comin off overnight either. Health issues and setbacks (like my recent IBS diagnosis) will only slow it down further. Keep consistent, knowing that every workout and healthy meal gets you one step closer.
So there you have it! When, how, why (and why not) you should weigh yourself. It is important to know how much you weigh, but not to the extent where it becomes an unhealthy obsession for you.
If you do find you struggle with the scale and need some help, make sure to contact me or leave a comment below so I can help you.