Body weight is an important health indicator, but it is also one of the most complex. Weight fluctuates and often depends on exercise and food intake. A good weigh-in can fill you with motivation, but one that shows a slight gain could also ruin your day. It’s important not to become obsessed with the numbers on the scale.
How often you should weigh yourself depends on your goals and how weighing affects you. When trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain, it’s best to weigh at least once per week. This makes it easier to adjust your eating and exercise as soon as you find your weight creeping up. Some people find it more effective to weigh in 3 to 7 times per week.
If you take minor fluctuations in stride, then weighing everyday may work well for you. On the other hand, if a half pound weight gain makes you feel like giving up, weighing 1 to 3 times per week may be a better choice.
Keep in mind that your consistency and tracking may be more important than how often you weigh. If you weigh every day, weigh at the same time of day. For less frequent weigh-ins, choose the same days of the week and times of day. Also, pick one scale and stick with it since there are often discrepancies between scales.
Record the number each time you weigh and take note of how you feel. Whether you had a successful loss or a slight gain, make a few notes about your habits leading up to the weigh-in. This allows you to pinpoint little things that are contributing to success as well as barriers that are getting you off track.
Aim to develop a healthy relationship with the scale. While body weight is important, many health experts agree that it is only one indicator of overall fitness. Track your weight, but don’t allow those numbers to take control of your mood and attitude.