If you are trying to lose weight, you might be regularly checking your progress on a body weight scale. I would be willing to bet that you have heard, at least two or three times, someone tell you that you "don't need to weigh every day." You may not honestly need to use your body weight scale every day, but there are some benefits to keeping close track of your weight loss -- particularly after you're done losing and are in the maintenance stage.
Benefits of Daily Body Weight Scale Use
- Your weight can't "sneak" up on you if you're checking it every day. This eliminates the possibility of deciding to weigh yourself after a few months and being shocked to discover you've somehow gained 20 pounds. You might still gain 20 pounds, but it won't be surprise -- you'll have seen it coming.
- Your brain isn't as likely to trick you into eating bad foods if you're regularly weighing yourself. This is because somewhere deep inside, you know that you're going to be checking your weight and that you will have to answer for the junk you are eating (assuming you are). If you're not regularly checking your weight on a body weight scale, there will be a little voice telling you to go ahead and eat what you want because you're not going to have to answer to the scale tomorrow since you won't be weighing.
- When you do see a slight gain after using a body weight scale, it will probably only be a pound or two after a bad day or so of eating, which is minor when you consider that you could suddenly see a 20 pound increase over the course of a few months. It's not too hard to look at the two pound gain, tighten up the reins for a day or two, and get your weight back down where it needs to be. It won't take months to accomplish, like it probably would with a 20 pound gain.
Disadvantages of Daily Body Weight Scale Use
- When you use a body weight scale every single day, your results are probably not going to be very accurate. A slight gain of a few pounds may be water, not fat, but you might perceive it as fat when it's not. Your weight fluctuates a lot throughtout the course of every day, sometimes by as much as 5 pounds. The changes are typically due to things like whether or not you've recently had a bowel movement, eaten, or are constipated. You can also retain a lot of water if you're female and it's that time of the month, or if you've eaten a lot of salty food.
- You might make yourself crazy by using a body weight scale every single day. People who are trying to maintain or lose weight tend to get very obsessive about the numbers on the scales, so much so that they might start weighing themselves two and three times a day to track the changes. The body weight scale can consume a person's mind so much when they are trying to lose weight that it's really unhealthy.
My Advice for Daily Body Weight Scale Use
If you want to weigh every single day, you should always do it just once a day, preferably at the same time every day. Try weighing yourself every morning when you wake up, before you eat anything, just after your first urination. Doing it at the same time every day might give you a more accurate picture of how your weight is changing as opposed to doing it at different times. Also, take a day off sometimes. If you start weighing every day -- literally -- it might start to become a chore to you, particularly if you are in the maintenance stage of weight loss. If it starts to feel like a chore, cut back to weighing every three days or maybe even just once a week.