Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?


If it were left up to me, the answer would probably be never.  Scales have probably been the cause of more people giving up on their fitness goals, especially the goal of losing weight, than any other single reason. Scales Lie!

I wrote an article last year entitled Throw Away Your Scales Please, if you never read anything else, click on the title and read it or read it again. Although that article got one of the highest number of page views to date, I still have people complain that they just can't seem to get the number on the scales to go down.

Of course you need to track progress. But scales are possibly the worst way to do it.That's what the previous article is all about.

If you have an irresistible urge to punish yourself and step on the scales, whatever you do, don't do it daily! I did a little experiment with scales last week. Using the same commercial grade digital scales at my gym, I weighed every day before my workout and at roughly the same time of day.

Here are the results:

Friday- I had a doctor's appointment before my workout. They checked my weight on digital scales-206.0
Saturday- I was at a gym in Lakeland which has balance scales-210.5
(By the way, my macro's track very close, usually within about 5% to set goals, almost every day.

Why would you want to put yourself through that?

If you insist on using scales don't weigh yourself any more than once a week-preferably every two weeks or more.

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