Weight loss is as unique as we are. What works for one person may not work for another so it’s important to pave your own way. Sure, take suggestions, try new things, but don’t beat yourself up if they don’t work for you. You’re not doing anything wrong. Your body just doesn’t respond to certain things like someone else’s body would and that’s OK! People are always asking me how often they should weigh themselves. My answer is always the same – as often as you want but be prepared for what you get.
Daily Weigh In
When I first began 2 years ago, I would weigh myself every morning religiously. I didn’t miss a day. I got that idea from Candace Cameron Bure’s book “Reshaping it All” so I figured what the hell. The premise behind weighing yourself daily is so you can keep a very close eye on the fluctuations in your weight. Because I would weigh myself daily, I could almost immediately see what foods made me retain water or see what changes in my eating I needed to make.
BUT – after a while of this, I started to become obsessed with the scale. If it didn’t go in the right direction, I instantly became discouraged and even gave up a few times. If you’re going to weigh yourself daily, be sure that you don’t let the number on the scale define you. I’m not going to tell you that muscle weighs more than fat because, the truth is, they weigh the same. One pound of fat weights the same as one pound of muscle – one pound! The difference between fat and muscle, however, is that muscle is more dense, which means it takes up less room on your body. Fat, on the other hand, comes in and sprawls all out everywhere.
Weekly Weigh In
When I got back on the wagon in February, I started weighing myself daily again but moved to weighing in once a week, thanks to the Weekly Weigh In post in the Lose It group on Facebook. At first, it was difficult for me to only weigh myself once a week but, eventually, I got used to it. Stepping on the scale once a week allowed me to see a “bigger” loss than I did when I was weighing myself daily. Well, that was all the incentive I needed to keep it up.
Monthly Weigh In
Back in April, a few of the Lose It group members and I decided to give up the scale for the entire month. I was really nervous at first because I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep track of my progress. I made it through the month and learned a valuable lesson! After a month without the scale, I realized that I CAN stay on track WITHOUT stressing myself out about my weight. On the first day of May, when I weighed in, I had lost almost 10 pounds! Since then, I only step on that blasted thing once a month.
Long story short….how often you weigh yourself depends on who you are and what you can handle. There is no right or wrong way to weigh in so find one that works for you and stick with it. Way back, I never would’ve thought that I could handle weighing myself once a month but now I can’t believe there was a time I was so obsessed with the scale. Weight loss changes you in so many ways; you’ll learn to let go of shit that once irritated you because it no longer serves you, but more on that in another post.
How often do your weigh yourself? I’d love to know what works for you so leave a comment below.