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Weight Loss: How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

Post date: March 24, 2017

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You’re trying to lose your weight. You made a conscious effort to start exercising regularly and eat less. You’ve been doing this for awhile, and now it is time to check on your progress. You stand on the scales and what do you see? You’ve lost no weight. Have you ever been in such a situation? If so, what do you usually do? Follow some new weight loss tips, try to exercise even more and eat even less in hope to accelerate the process? But that’s not quite what you should be doing. There are multiple factors that determine weight fluctuations. They are not only about the way you eat or exercise, but also about the way you drink liquid and follow your bathroom routine. And sometimes your body gains weight to normalize its physiological functions and avoid stress. Therefore, if you haven’t lost any weight in a day, week, or some other period, it doesn’t equal a failure. To find your motivation and avoid losing your spirits, you only need to know the pros and cons of weigh-ins in different periods!

  1. DAILY WEIGH-INS

Pros: it provides more sense of accountability and helps to keep track of your progress. Good for people who’re not stressed about daily weight fluctuations and able to see the general trend.Cons: if the number on your scales strongly affects your mood (either in a negative or positive way), better don’t weigh yourself daily.

  1. WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

Pros: it lets you see your progress and gives you six full days to think about something else. Remember that you have to see the general trend of your weight loss, instead of getting upset after seeing that you’ve lost “too little. Cons: it keeps you waiting for a whole week to weigh yourself again.

  1. OCCASIONAL WEIGH-INS

Pros: ability to make use of other ways to define your weight shift, such as how your clothes fit you or how you feel after exercising. Cons: less opportunity to keep track of your progress in a more exact way.

  1. NEVER WEIGHING

Pros: for some people, it is better to just feel how much weight they lost than to look at the number their scales show. It can make you more conscious of yourself and your feelings after working out and eating. On the one hand, they are right – health is much more than this number on the scales! Cons: it doesn’t help everyone. What you absolutely have to stop is weighing yourself multiple times per day. Don’t allow yourself to become obsessed with your weight. Remember that your scale is your friend. It should help you, instead of harming you. To sum up, ask yourself what is better for you personally. Analyze how you react to weigh-ins and find the ways that work best in your case!

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