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When and how often should I weigh myself?
When and how often should I weigh myself?
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Written by Ana
Updated over a week ago

Weighing yourself is an important part of monitoring your progress and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, to ensure that your readings are accurate and meaningful, it’s important to follow some guidelines on when and how often to step on the scales.

When to weigh yourself

To maximise consistency between readings, we recommend weighing yourself at the same time each day. The best time to do this is just after you have woken up and used the toilet. This is because your body weight can fluctuate throughout the day due to factors such as food and fluid intake, physical activity, and hormonal changes. Weighing yourself in the morning helps to minimise these variables, giving you a more consistent and accurate measurement.

How often to weigh yourself

The frequency of weighing yourself is a personal choice and can vary based on your goals and mindset. Here are some guidelines to consider:

  • Daily Weigh-Ins: Some people find that weighing themselves daily helps them stay on track with their goals. If you choose to do this, remember to weigh yourself at the same time each day under the same conditions for the most accurate readings

  • Weekly Weigh-Ins: If you find that daily weigh-ins are causing you stress or you’re focusing too much on the number, consider weighing yourself once a week. This can provide a good balance between monitoring your progress and avoiding potential obsessive tendencies

  • Taking Breaks: If you notice that you’re becoming overly focused on the scales or feeling anxious about weighing yourself, it might be beneficial to take a break. Focus on other indicators of progress, such as how your clothes fit, your energy levels, and overall well-being

Weighing yourself can be a helpful tool in your health journey, but it’s essential to approach it mindfully. If you find that the number on the scale is affecting your mood or self-esteem, it might be a sign that you need to step back and reassess your approach. Remember that weight is just one measure of health, and it’s influenced by many factors beyond your control. Always remember that the number on the scale is just one aspect of your overall health and well-being.

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