Pros and Cons of Using the Scale to Measure Weight Loss

Using a scale to measure your weight loss progress can be a good thing or a bad thing. For some people, it provides a method of reinforcement that helps them stick to their goals; for others, it is a painful reminder of how slow the process can be. It is almost inevitable that you are going to weight yourself to measure yourself at some point, so here are some tips to help make weigh-in time less stressful.

Don’t Weigh Yourself Every Day

Most people think that weighing themselves daily will bolster their encouragement. That is a myth. By nature, your body weight can fluctuate by as much as 5lbs. on a daily basis. Weighting yourself any more than once or twice a week will turn your scale into a constant source of frustration. Think of it like watching the clock; the more you check, the slower time (and pounds) seems to go by.

Don’t Discourage Yourself

If you have little patience, then you should use methods other than a scale to measure your progress. Concentrate on feeling better physically. Give a little yelp of joy if when you notice your clothes getting loose. If you focus how long it takes for the numbers to go down on the scale you are likely to get discouraged. Even the most determined dieters have “bad scale days.” If you are the type of person who loses interests when the weight doesn’t seem to come off quick enough, then you are likely to give up on your diet before it has a chance to be effective.

The Right Way to Weigh

Most people do enjoy the satisfaction of measuring how exactly how much weight they have lost. If that is true for you, try to use only one scale, preferably a highly calibrated scale like those in a gym or a doctor’s office, and do not use any other scales that could give you misleading results. If possible, weigh yourself around the same time of day wearing the same amount of clothing. It can make a big difference if you weigh yourself with your gym shoes on and then again with them off. If you do not like weighing yourself in public, then follow the same rules at home with the addition of making sure you always weight yourself in the same spot. A slightly unleveled floor can throw your results off.

Everyone has his or her own approach to weigh-in time. Whatever yours is, it should increase your confidence instead of leaving you feeling dejected. There are many other indicators of a healthy body than just weight loss. Additionally, the scale is not the only indicator of progress, but it is a popular one for many. If you are going to make getting on the scale a part of your weight loss routine, then remember that, a number is just a number and the most important thing is for you to feel better about yourself.

About the Author:

Lorette Gambone felt like she was slow and over-weight until she started exercising. Losing fat and building muscle is paramount when living a healthier lifestyle, and she dropped 3 pant sizes without losing a single pound! She’s currently a phlebotomist training instructor and hopes to one day become a personal trainer.

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