How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

Most people have a functioning scale at home.  Most of those people do not have a defined/scheduled way of using that scale.  Some people hop on the scale every day and others let the dust settle on the scale and do not use it at all.  What is the optimal use of a home scale?

First, I believe that we all should get on the home scale routinely as a self-accountability tool.  Human nature is such that we do not like to see “bad news”.  Hence , when a person’s weight is on the rise, the scale will be avoided whereas when the weight is coming down nicely it is sort of fun to hop on the scale often and feel good about the progress.

Weight fluctuates often, sometimes having nothing to do with actual fat gain, but rather, fluid balance.  This especially holds true for females, specifically those in the pre-menopause and peri-menopausal ages.  When a person sees the weight go up significantly very quickly, this often will be water weight gain.

My suggestion: Get on your home scale once a week, preferably the same time/same day every week and keep a running list by writing the number down week after week.  When weight gain occurs (there will be weeks when weight will go up), hop on this immediately by getting on Phase 1 of our SP Dietary Plan for 3-4 days, modified Phase 1 for the rest of the week and then weigh/write down the weight in 1 week.  If you do this, the weight will come right back down.  I call this “Read and React”.  If a person does this, there will never/ever be a situation when that person finds that they have gained 10, 15, 20 or more pounds.  In 1 week, the “damage” will not be more than a few pounds and this is readily reversible.

If you have read this and either :  1- do not own a functioning scale  2- profess to have no battery for the scale  3- admit to not weighing yourself, then rectify the above and get that once a week weighing in motion.

Contrarily, if you are getting on that scale once or more times a day and find yourself getting frustrated or alternating between despair and happiness based on whether that weight goes up or down that day, then back down to weighing yourself much less frequently.

Self-accountability is important for long-term weight control success.

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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