How Often Should I Weigh Myself?

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Ahhh, the scale…when we are losing weight, the scale becomes our “friend” and we are happy to hop on this scale at least several times a day. BUT, when the weight is going up, we avoid the scale like the plague. There may be weeks or months when we do not get on the scale at all. This is very much a “human nature” behavioral pattern. We love to see “good news” and avoid seeing “bad news”.

However, for long-term weight control success, neither of these “getting on the scale” approaches is advisable. Here is what I recommend to our patients:

At the same time/same day every week (choose you least busy day of the week) get on that scale AND write the weight down. What you will see, depending on your adherence to a high protein/low carb dietary approach, is either the weight going up a little bit, the weight going down a little bit OR staying the same.

The accountability of documenting the weight change from week to week should then be followed by a plan to act on what is seen. Here is what I mean: If the weight goes up that week, then commit yourself to following Phase 1 or Modified Phase 1 the following week. IF you do this from week-to-week, then what can never happen again is the gaining of 5, 10, 20 or more pounds. I refer to this as “read and react”.

The scale is not a friend or a foe…it is a tool that can help us be successful in our long-term efforts.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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