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29- Apr-2017

How often should a person check weight?*

Dr. Varsha Mishra
Dt.Poonam_Gokhale
Dt. Tasneem Ravat
(Asst. Professor, RD, CDE, Certified Sports Nutritionist)

Being obsessed with checking weight loss by using the weighing scale very often can lead to demotivation when one is aiming for weight loss. Various tips to help in mindfully using the weighing scale for weight and fat loss are discussed in this article.

Did you weigh yourself lately? How often should you weigh yourself? Many people seeking rapid weight loss think it is okay to check how much they weigh daily, just like brushing their teeth. Others check how much they weigh every day, or even each time they eat. This kind of obsession with weighing oneself repeatedly can actually interfere with fat and weight loss results, especially if a person is really trying hard to lose weight. A daily relationship with the weighing scale can lead to discouragement and de-motivation of almost all serious weight loss efforts. The weight on the scale is only one factor in the entire weight loss experience. In most cases, if you check your waist circumference, it can give an accurate assessment of your weight reduction. Remember, how much the body weighs on the weighing scale and the body mass index do not account for muscle weight.

Healthy diet and exercise help you to lose body fat instead of depleting lean tissue and water weight. It helps to maintain a gradual weight loss process instead of the rapid weight loss that has various associated side effects. That is why it is recommended that one aim to reduce only 500 calories per day from the current diet intake to lose ½ to 1 kg of weight per week. This also shows that the weight is quite stable. If one is still gaining additional weight, one must cut down on additional calories.

It is recommended that you check how much your body weighs just once a week for accurate results. This is especially effective for people who have mood swings or those who may otherwise easily give up their efforts to losing more weight.

Our weight fluctuates almost every day, sometimes even many times within the same day. Women can retain water due to hormonal shifts. A high sodium intake also contributes to water retention. Some medications can either increase or decrease weight. With weight training exercises, you may actually gain weight in terms of muscle mass through exercise. Still, if you feel you are not losing weight, you can boost your metabolism with help of a natural dietary supplement such as LOSE FAT™ by BestSource Nutrition. It comes highly recommended as it has five natural ingredients that include green tea to boost the metabolism, Garcinia Cambogia to suppress the appetite, cinnamon to lower blood glucose and lipid levels, green coffee beans to promote metabolism and grape seed extract to lower oxidative stress and inflammation.

Nevertheless, if you cannot let go of the urge to weigh yourself every day, then remember the following tips before you check how much you weigh on the weighing scale:

  • Weight fluctuations are absolutely normal. Hormones control our weight. Never get discouraged by daily fluctuations or use them as an excuse to binge. Frankly, the best way to handle this problem is to avoid checking how much you weigh daily.
  • Women may experience many variations in their weight because of the menstrual cycle, which is perfectly normal.
  • If you are exercising but not losing weight, and if your waist circumference is reducing, then you actually have a reason to be happy. This indicates that you are losing body fat and maintaining or building muscle mass. Muscles are heavier than fat, which is not clearly seen on the weighing scale. So do not count only on weighing scale to determine your final measure of fitness. There are many other ways to measure fitness levels. Body fat percentage is an important indicator.
  • A well-balanced nutritious diet and exercise regimen is the ultimate secret to weight loss. So if you want to weigh yourself, set a routine in place. Make sure you weigh yourself at the same time each day/week or month and wearing the same or similar clothes to avoid fluctuations in weight measurements.

Ultimately, the sensible way is to check often enough to remain motivated for weight loss but not so often that you lose your fight against fat and a healthy lifestyle, along with a positive self-image.

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