When people begin their fitness journey, whether it be to lose weight, or gain weight their goals are going to be different. Each diet will be different and each exercise routine will be different as well. The same rule applies with how much you weigh yourself as well. It is really about what motivates you, what inspires you to work harder and stay on track with your goal. There are a couple rules to consider when you weigh in if you really want to get an accurate reading.
For people who tend to be discouraged and fall off the wagon at even the slightest sign of weight gain, should probably keep their weigh in frequency to monthly or biweekly. It will also be helpful to take measurements to keep track of your progress when trying to meet your fitness goals. Measurements in terms of weight loss sometimes can be more accurate than a scale. Our weight on a scale fluctuates significantly due to a number of things that do not necessarily mean that we have gained or lost weight. Things such as if you have eaten or drunk anything recently, if you worked out, or if you sweated before hand.
However, for some people who tend to be very competitive, weighing in daily may actually be somewhat useful. Weighing in daily allows the dieter to stop whatever habit they may have formed that is causing them to gain weight, before the weight becomes a huge problem that can set them back. They also might see that they have gained a couple pounds over a couple days, and maybe will cut back some calories, add extra protein, and extend their workout. Daily weigh ins should be limited to once per day. No person needs to weigh more times than that, you’ll find that once you begin eating and drinking the number will vastly change and will no longer be accurate.
There are some keys to weighing in that many people should keep in mind whenever they weigh in, regardless of how much they choose to weigh in. First, your weigh in time would be best FIRST thing in the morning. After you go to the bathroom but before you rehydrate and eat. Second, remember that if you do weigh more today than you did yesterday that does not mean your diet is failing. Fluctuations from one day to the next is common. Third, a woman’s period will change her weight and women should even consider not weighing daily on those days. Next, a plateau should not be thought of as a bad thing. If you are continuing your diet and exercise routine and you are staying on track, a plateau can simply mean that you are losing fat and building lean muscle. Keeping measurements will help you better understand when you plateau if you are still making progress.
When you are choosing how often to weigh in you should try different things to find what works for you. When you weigh in, no matter how often you should also think about how you are feeling. Think about and maybe write down things like whether or not you feel healthier, or have more energy. Do your clothes fit better, are they looser or tighter? Weight loss success is going to be just as much in your mentality as it will be in your numbers. The weigh in should only be a small portion of a bigger picture for weight loss.