Today I want to share the reasons why I like to weigh myself daily. I’ve been without a scale since I left Tennessee, so I’m not sure how I’m doing weight wise while I am on this trip. It is not the end of the world if I don’t know my weight, but today when I couldn’t find a scale anywhere I realized today I miss my daily weigh in. It definitely is not for everyone because it can often lead to obsession on a number, but I find using the scale daily is a useful tool for me.
Obviously, a number on a scale doesn’t define you as a person. It doesn’t give or take away self worth unless you let it. If a daily, or weekly, or even monthly weigh-in cause you to stress or feel any negative emotion about your weight – don’t do it. Some people do let the number on the scale take over their life, but if you don’t you might want to weight in every day. Here are my five reasons for weighing in daily:
1. Track progress. Daily weigh ins are a great way to track progress. Since weight fluctuates naturally you will want to track weight loss weekly. But the daily weigh in can show immediate results and looks much better if you chart your progress on a graph like I do.
2. Learn your body. Weighing in daily is a great way to figure out how your body words. You will find out what activities, foods, and behaviors cause immediate changes. You will learn how much your weight fluctuates naturally each day. Believe me, after a few months of stepping on the scale every morning you will know what is a normal gain and what is the start of a problem.
3. Provide positive reinforcement of habits. When you weigh in each day you can see the results of healthy habits over time. If you write down or somehow track the daily weigh ins you can see the trend down. Watching the numbers inch down each day reinforces all the positive actions in your life.
4. Catch problems early. If you check your weight each day you will catch any small gains before they escalate. It is all too easy to feel fine but gain a couple pounds in a week if you aren’t paying attention. The daily weigh in will help you catch those gains before it becomes a major problem.
5. Keep the weight off. Weighing in regularly after a major weight loss is very important to maintaining that loss. Studies have shown that dieters who weigh themselves once a day were 82 percent more likely to maintain their loss over 18 months than those who monitored their progress less frequently. So if you’ve already lost weight don’t lose your progress – weigh in daily!
Great reasons don’t you think? These reasons can all be applied to a weekly weigh in as well, which works much better for many people. I pick one day a week as my weekly weigh in to monitor long term progress.
You know I weigh myself every morning, when I can. How about you? Do you do weekly or daily weigh ins (or at all)? Do you put a lot of importance on the scale or just let it be a tool and a reminder of the healthy lifestyle you are living?