The scale is a tool which can propel and encourage your fitness program, but it can also suck your motivation and derail you from your workout routine. The key word here is TOOL, and we need to use it to our advantage.
Before launch in on how often we should weigh ourselves, it is important to first understand that our body weight fluctuates constantly. According to Fitday.com, daily weight fluctuation “can be caused by many different factors, such as consumption of a big meal, excess salt intake, water retention, constipation and hormonal changes. ” With that in mind, it makes sense why stepping on the scale in the morning will vastly differ from weighing in the evening. Once we understand that our body weight is always fluctuating, let’s explore the best tempo to check our weight.
Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels tells her followers 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.” Personally this has been the approach I’ve been following every since August 2014. Once a week, same time of the day (EARLY), same scale, minimal clothing, no shoes.
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