How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

The waistline on your pants keeps shrinking for some reason. You have joined a health club and even went and sweated once. So you have decided you want to get serious about this weight loss thing.

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Should you be weighing yourself every morning? Are you going to be bummed if those 30 minutes on the elliptical machine haven’t pared some pounds overnight?

Welcome! You are beginning to learn that weight loss and weight control are mental as well as physical. In fact, I think they are more mental than physical.

So, what about weighing in regularly? The answer is … Yes. It is a good idea. You need to get feedback on your efforts. You also need information on more than a weekly basis.

There are a few important things to keep in mind, though. First of all, your weight can vary by one or two percent on a daily basis just based on hydration and elimination. So, you can’t take a daily jump or drop in weight too seriously. Keep the trend in mind. Remember, you didn’t put the weight on overnight, so you can’t expect to take it off that fast. In fact, a good rule to keep in mind is that one pound to 1.5 pounds a week is a good healthy rate of loss. You want to lose permanently, not just water weight. That’s why you are eating intelligently now and working out regularly.

One of the most important aspects to daily weighing is not to feel guilty or get frustrated if you don’t see immediate results. Keep a level head and your eyes on your goal and you will be successful.

I wrote a page on How to Lose Weight – and Keep it Off. There are a lot of very useful guidelines in it. I know they work because I used them myself over the course of writing this blog for the past four plus years. Check ’em out. They couldn’t hurt. And good luck!

Tony

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8 responses to “How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

    • Many thanks for your kind words. Much appreciated!

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      • I would recommend monitoring your wt once a week
        Have it as part of your fitness routine. I would also recommend getting a BIA test done. Bio-Impedance which can measure lean muscle mass, body fat, hydration, inflammation
        Check out 8ww.com for a provider near you

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  1. I think we too often focus on losing the weight and forget all of the other benefits of a healthy lifestyle, how our clothes fit better, how we are more active, more alert, happier, sleeping better, working more efficiently, not using ant acids, not snoring, whatever there are so many benefits to eating healthy and exercising that we may neglect to notice or value as highly as we do the pounds shed.

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    • I think simple vanity is behind most weight loss attempts – which is why they fail. If people took the total picture into consideration, including the items you mention, they would be much more successful because they could see the whole picture.

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      • Definitely and I’ve been guilty in the past and that’s why I’ve failed, I’ve not made it my lifestyle it’s been a quick fix until I felt beautiful again.

        This time it is about long term health for me and my children and a change to make me healthier and give me longer to live hopefully… that’s the plan anyway.

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      • That’s the way to do it. Congrats on your commitment. Once you get your head straight, the rest seems to fall into place.

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      • Thank you it seems to be working but it’s a long slog and I know there will be hiccups along the way but I’m ready for those

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