How often should I weigh myself when dieting? Experts and individual dieters have different reasons for why they think weighing yourself more than once a day, once a day, once a week, once a month or never is the best practice.
From my experience, weighing yourself once a day is the best way to stop cheating on a diet. Even though the average person is only going to burn a maximum of two pounds of fat per week, stepping on the scale can still keep you in check.
Here are the different arguments for how often you should weight yourself when trying to lose weight:
No. 1: How often should I weigh myself when trying to lose weight? More than once a day. Weighing yourself more than once a day is obsessive and pointless. All you are really doing is discovering how much water you lost while exercising or how much water you gained from drinking water. Eating carbohydrates means you will retain more water; but on the other hand, high fiber carbohydrates will help you eliminate.
No. 2: How often should I weigh myself when on a diet? Once a day. Weighing yourself once a day, especially when you have a scale that measures to every tenth of a pound, can help you overcome diet denial. If you wait until the end of the week to check your status, you may find a little slip up snowballed into a weight gain or plateau that you could have broken by working out harder.
No. 3: How often should I weigh myself when dieting? Once a week. Many weight loss clinics such as Jenny Craig and weight loss support groups such as Weight Watchers encourage dieters to only be weighed once a week. The hope is that dieters will have some good news to celebrate for the weekly weigh in.
No. 4: How often should I weigh myself when on a diet? Once a month. Some people argue it takes so long to really lose fat (You can really only burn two pounds of fat per week) that it’s demoralizing to weigh yourself every day or every week. Also, weighing yourself once a month means you don’t have to worry about “false readings” due to water weight, PMS bloating or your period.
No. 5: How often should I weigh myself when trying to lose weight? Never. Another school of thought is that scales are for fish not people! But never weighing yourself seems like a surefire way to gain weight without realizing it. Instead of admitting your jeans are tight because you gained 10 pounds, you may think, “Oh they shrunk in the wash.”
When should you weigh yourself? Weigh yourself every morning to find out what you weigh. But, if you have a high-tech scale that measures body fat, you are better off weighing yourself for body fat percentage in the evening after you have had plenty of water to drink. You will get a more accurate reading when hydrated.
Most experts recommend weighing yourself for body fat only once a week or once a month.
The biggest argument women make about why they don’t want to confront the scale every day is that it’s upsetting, disappointing, frustrating or annoying. But, that’s kind of the point. You are more likely to stick to healthy eating habits and exercise EVERY DAY if you have the accountability of a bathroom scale!
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