Weighing up your weight loss success

When to weigh yourself

Judging the best time to weigh yourself

Many of you will have asked yourselves these very questions. As if dieting and exercise programs are not enough to make your head spin, weighing in at the wrong time can just lead to more stress and potentially, weight loss failure.

We often advise clients not to pay too much attention to the scales, as they may not give you a true representation of your progress, especially if you exercise involves any weights. You should instead gauge your progress by your body shape and also how your clothes feel on you, most people know they have put on or lost weight by how tight/loose their favourite articles of clothing are.

However, we're also aware that lots of women choose to ignore our advice on this matter and upgrade their scales to the post of new 'best friend' or 'worst enemy'! So, if you must use your scales regularly, here are a few points to note.

Be timely

There are many programs out there that will tell you not to weigh yourself daily, as it is better to check your progress each week, bi-weekly or even just once a month. The weight of a person will always fluctuate between the days, and if you are not seeing a good change between each day, most times it is going to end up disappointing and discouraging. This will then end up leaving many thinking what they are doing now, just is not working and they decide nothing will work. Another factor for women to be aware of is that your weight will fluctuate throughout the month depending on your menstrual cycle.

There are also others out there who feel that daily weight checks can motivate certain types (like those who are obese and severely overweight), this is for a select few though. As each person's personality factors in being different there are those who can do this and others who cannot. If you are easily discouraged this would not be the choice for you. It has also been noted that for those who can manage daily readings, to take your weekly average to keep a check on your numbers without being overwhelmed.

Be consistent

No matter when you decide what time or day is best for you, it is essential to remember that you need to be consistent with your readings. It might be a little extra work to jot down your totals and the time you took the reading (time of day, day of week and so on), but it will be worth it so you can get an idea of how you are progressing.

Time of day (or night) is always a factor just the same, the morning is a preferred time as you have not eaten any food or had anything to drink anything yet for the day. Just after you wake up and before eating or drinking would be the most common time. Bright & early, wake up and take a check to see where you are starting out at, make it fun and a routine if you want, but remember to be consistent.

Be patient

For many out there who are dieting and working to change their weight, the waiting is the hard part. There may be times you are working out more and eating healthier, yet you do not see a change in your weight as your body is still decreasing the body fat content, but there looks to be no change. Do not give up, as it does take time for the body to adjust while you are burning fat and leaning up. It’s been mentioned by many others that you should not "become a slave to the numbers", which is entirely true. You may weigh a little more today than yesterday, but remember it will take time for your body to adjust.

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