This 12-weeks, I am trying not to weigh every day. My plan is to weigh only on Wednesdays, the day of my nutrition meetings with Traci. That way, I can report my results to her.
Four days into this “Weigh In Wednesday” plan, I’ve already been tempted. I usually weigh every day. Always have. So I’m having to break a habit.
The primary reason I don’t want to weigh every day is because I tend to get a little obsessive. I’m giving this nearly everything I have, and if the scales don’t move down – or heaven forbid move up, even tenths of a pound – I get frustrated. And frustrated isn’t good.
I also find that not weighing every day keeps me a bit more motivated. I can re-direct the energy spent on monitoring the daily numbers to what it takes to see a real loss.
Finally, seeing even just a one lb. loss once a week is better than watching that same lb. come off two-tenths a lb. per day.
Experts vary on the weigh in dilemma. Daily weigh-in proponents cite a study that found daily weighers lost more weight over a two year period than the people who only weighed themselves once a week. Weekly weigh-in proponents say weighing daily can lead to an unhealthy obsession with the scale and perhaps even lead to eating disorders.
Here are some pros and cons of daily weigh-ins:
- Can help you stay motivated
- Can be a daily reminder to stay on the diet and stay focused with losing weight
- Can quickly show you when you are getting off your diet
- Makes you more accountable to yourself
- Can lead to frustration and discouragement because of fluctuations in weight that can occur on a daily, even hourly basis
- Makes it hard to see progress on a daily basis if you don’t have a digital scale
Which camp are you in? Are you a daily weigher? Why or why not?