How often should I weigh in?
Should I weigh every day?
Should I weigh once a week?
Should I weigh twice a month?
Should I never weigh myself and just eat all the cake?
Let’s clear some of this up for you!
I used to weigh myself multiple times a day. First thing in the morning, after breakfast, before supper, and then before bed. It made me crazy! I was always obsessing, worrying, stressing, and just “numbers crazy”. That wasn’t healthy for me mentally and truthfully, because I was always so stressed and trying to manipulate the scale- I didn’t lose any weight! I was constantly binging or starving. I don’t want that for you. It wasn’t a healthy way for me to live, I want better for you.
I learned in Weight Watchers years ago that I needed to weigh 1x per week, record it, and don’t even glance at my scale again for 7 days. I was taught to record the weight in a journal and then look for a trend over time.
Do you know what happened? Life happened.
I was no longer a slave to my demon-spawned scale and I started to notice the trend! Yes!! I was finally losing weight! Saturday morning became my weigh in day and now at almost 7 years later after losing 100lbs- I still weigh in every Saturday morning at 8am.
Don’t just take my word for it, let me give you some facts from someone you may have heard about …. Jillian Michaels 😉
MYTH: Weighing Yourself Daily Will Help You Stay on Track
Stepping on the scale doesn’t have to be a scary event for yearly doctor’s visits – and it also doesn’t have to be a daily torture ritual. There is a happy medium in there – I’ll help you find it.
The Truth: I recommend that people weigh themselves once a week, at the same time every week. Weighing yourself every day can have a negative impact on you.
For so many of us the scale is a source of stress and self-loathing, but it really shouldn’t be. Don’t think of the scale as anything other than a compass — something we use when losing weight to keep us going in the right direction. It tells us what’s going on with our bodies so we can effectively modify our regimen to ensure continued weight loss. It’s just a tool — no more and no less. So how frequently should you consult it? Here’s my opinion on the topic:
Your weight varies throughout the day. Not only does your weight change every day, it also changes at different times through a single day, so there is no point to weighing yourself every day — and definitely not multiple times a day.This is because of body fluid fluctuations –— you might be retaining water from too much sodium consumption, or you may not have gone to the bathroom yet (gross, but true). All of these things affect your weight. The issue with checking the scale DAILY, is that minor fluctuations can freak people out — or discourage them from their weight-loss efforts. Instead, take photos , body measurements, and judge yourself by your fitness endurance and how your clothes are fitting you.
To use the scale effectively, you should weigh yourself once a week. I want you to weigh yourself once a week at the same time, on the same day of the week, wearing similar clothing, and most importantly, ON THE SAME SCALE. I tell my JillianMichaels.com members to do this on Wednesday and remember it as “weigh-in Wednesday,” but do whatever day works best for you. Weighing yourself just once a week will give you a more accurate read — you’ll allow time for the scale to actually show weight loss. The number on the scale will help you figure out if you need to make adjustments to what you’re eating or how you’re exercising. Keep in mind that half a pound to two pounds is a realistic weight loss so don’t expect results like the Biggest Loser contestants.
NEVER weighing yourself is a bad idea. Are you one of those people who doesn’t weigh themselves all year, and then finally steps on the scale at their annual physical? This isn’t the right way to go either! Never weighing yourself and, instead, determining how “healthy” you are by how you feel, isn’t the best method. To know how healthy you are is to know that number on the scale. If you’re in maintenance mode (and not trying lose weight), I’d still suggest you weigh yourself once a week, or at least twice a week. Your weight is a total picture of your overall health, and it’s good to keep tabs on yourself.
The Bottom Line: Confront the scale and find the right day for your weekly weigh in’s and stick with it so it turns into a habit.
Ok – so now you are ready to weigh yourself 1x per week, no more. Right? You are sticking to this for real this time. You need a way to record your weight and let’s face it: our phones are joined at the hip vs pencil n paper.
Need a scale that will let you record your weight on your phone, keep track of your progress, and all from an app on your phone? Look no further! I have the solution for you.
You may have read my review of Beets Blu products a few weeks ago, if you didn’t- click here. I am in love with their products because they make my life easier. I am all about any product that simplifies my life. I love tracking on my phone because I don’t lose it like I do pen and paper 🙂 For me, seeing a trend is easier on the Beets Blu app vs looking through my journal.
The app is available in itunes or the google play store and is an easy download. Just search: Smart Scale Beets BLU
Beets BLU Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Scale easily connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0. It tracks your weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) over time and sends data directly to your iPhone when it is in range. Use Beets BLU Smart Scale as your everyday scale, track multiple users, set goals and monitor your weight over time via Beets BLU app.
Beets BLU Smart Scale ideal for people who need motivation to lose weight. Smart Scale tracks your body weight, body fat percentage, water and muscle level mass. Make morning weighting a part of your healthy everyday routine. Check your weight at similar conditions and weigh yourself after visiting the bathroom at morning. You only need to stand barefoot on the scale and wait for a moment to get your weight, body fat percentage, water and muscle level data. Beets BLU is easy to use right out of the box.
– iPhone 4s (or later)
– iPad 3 (or later)
– Any smartphone with Android 5.0 (or later) with Bluetooth 4.0
– Samsung smartphone with Android 4.3 (or later) with Bluetooth 4.0
How can I use it?Ideal for people who need motivating to lose weight. Tracks your
body weight, body fat percentage, water level and muscle mass.
- Make weighing a part of your healthy routine.
- Check your weight at similar conditions and weigh yourself after visiting the bathroom.
- You only need to stand on the scale and wait for a moment to get your weight data.
Let me know if you get this scale and what you think!!
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