How Often Should You Tip the Scale?


Woman Weighing on Bathroom Scale

When you decide that it's time to shed those unwanted pounds, it is tempting to micro manage your success by stepping on the bathroom scales several times a day. Although people who weigh themselves regularly do tend to have more success at maintaining a healthy weight, most experts suggest weighing yourself only once a week. That way you're weight loss efforts won't be derailed by daily fluctuations. Taking body measurements, judging how your clothes fit or simply noticing improvements in your energy level are better benchmarks.

Your Weight Can Fluctuate

Your weight not only changes every day, it can fluctuate during the day, so it is recommended that you weigh-in around the same time of day each week. In fact, when you do weigh yourself, follow these tips: weigh yourself at the same time of day, on the same day of the week, on the same scale, and in the same clothes. That way, the number on the scale will help you determine what adjustments you need to make to your menu plan and/or exercise routine. In addition, those working with a professional weight loss consultant may find they need to supplement their menu plan for better results.

Took Time to Gain It — Takes Time to Lose It!

Shedding pounds takes time, just like gaining the weight did. However, never weighing yourself isn't a good idea either. The numbers on the scales never lie and a weekly weigh-in can help you make small adjustments to stay on track. Experts suggest setting a realistic weight loss goal of about one to two pounds a week. If you set your expectations too high, you may give up if you don’t lose weight fast enough. Remember, you don't expect to see improvements in your health until you've lost 5% to 10% of your starting body weight. For a personalized weight loss plan, contact the Metabolic Research Center. We believe that "EVERY BODY" is different.

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