For so many of us the scale is a source of stress and self-loathing. Conventional wisdom tells us not to weigh ourselves more once a week. What do you think?
I personally feel this is a personal decision. The scale is just one “tracker” to assist us with our wellness goals. I recently purchased an Apple Watch and it gives me many ways to track my wellness goals. I don’t let any single measure determine my absolute success. I do know that having an extra salty meal (or miso soup) can add a few pounds due to fluid retention.
People with a history of eating disorders often obsess about weight and respond to falling or rising numbers on the scale with extreme dieting or binging.
Many people confuse “weight loss” with “fat loss” . These are are two separate concepts. Consider this – we will lose a few pounds if we sit in a sauna for a while. In fact my husband was a wrestler and he tells me of the crazy ways wrestlers try to drop weight fast to meet a weight requirement for competition.
There are so many things that can affect our weight so don’t let the scale determine your overall wellness success. How about if you weighed yourself a couple of times a week?
Here are some tips
- Space your weigh-ins.
- Get your body composition analyzed and track your body fat percentage.
- Weigh yourself at same time of the day.
- Measure your waist circumference.
- Pay attention to how your clothes fit.
Don’t let the scale trick you!