Molly McNamee | How You Weigh Yourself Matters
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How You Weigh Yourself Matters

Consistency is key when it comes to exercise, diet, and weighing yourself.

If you are trying to lose weight and find it helpful to track your measurements, how you weigh and measure your body is really important.

The tools you use don’t really matter. Whether you use a fancy scale or a standard scale and measuring tape does not matter. The main thing you want to focus on is how the numbers change. I tell my clients to ignore the actual numbers and just focus on if those numbers are going up or down. If you want a more accurate measurement, you can use something fancier. But the main thing you should be tracking is change. You do however want to use the same scale or body fat tracking method every time you measure yourself for a more accurate comparison.

You also need to consider when you are weighing yourself. For this, again, the time of day does not matter. However, you do need to take your measurements at the same time everyday or every week. You do not want to compare you morning weight to your after dinner weight. These numbers will be very different. And it is normal for the numbers to be different. Your bodyweight does increase throughout the day; so don’t be alarmed by this. Most people like weighing themselves in the morning because that is when most are at their lightest weight. If you want to see a smaller number on the scale it may be best for you to weigh yourself at this time.

The next thought you may have is, what do I wear to weigh myself? My answer: as little as possible. You are weighing yourself, not your clothes.

Now the big question… how often should you weigh yourself? Well, this is dependent on why you are weighing yourself. If you are trying to lose weight, you may want to get into a regular routine of taking body measurements once a week or once a day. If you weigh yourself more, you will get a more accurate idea of what your average weight is. However, weighing yourself this often can also cause stress and may be disappointing for some because you won’t see much change day-to-day. If you weigh yourself less often there is a better chance of seeing a bigger change on the scale. Like with everything we have talked about today, just be consistent with your weigh in schedule.

Please keep in mind that although bodyweight, body fat and stomach measurements are good to track, those numbers should not control you life. If your weight is down one week and then up the next, do not get discouraged. There are a lot of reasons why your weight may fluctuate. Just keep doing your thing. Try to be accurate in your measurements. And don’t stress.