Oh, that anxiety-ridden moment when the nurse asks you to step up on the scale. Perhaps this upsets me so much because (unlike my home scale) I know the doctor’s office scale is going to be accurate. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get to take your shoes off.
For some people, weighing themselves is a big motivating factor for losing weight. For me, I find it a little disturbing. If I see that I’ve lost weight, it’s permission to treat myself. If I see that I’ve gained, well, that’s depressing, so I might as well treat myself!
My boyfriend, on the other hand, weighs himself every morning using a digital scale. So far, he’s lost 40 pounds. Clearly, that’s working for him.
An interesting article on the Weight Watcher’s site suggests that people who weigh themselves less often are more likely to lose weight.
Weighing yourself first thing in the morning will ensure that you’re getting an accurate reading. Of course, for women, your weight is going to fluctuate at “that time of the month.” A digital scale will be more accurate than a mechanical one, which has more moving parts and, depending on age, may need to be recalibrated.
It is always going to be helpful to look at your BMI by using online calculators. In this way, you’ll know if the weight you need to lose is just cosmetic or could actually pose a health risk.
If you recently added any kind of strength training to your workout, you might notice you aren’t losing weight. In truth, you might be losing weight and just replacing it with muscle. There’s an old saying that muscle weighs more than fat, which of course, isn’t true. A pound is a pound, whether it’s made from fat or feathers. Muscle is denser, however, and the existence of muscle helps you to burn more fat.
Watching the scale might work for some and not for others. Personally, I prefer to look in the mirror and see how my pants fit. Of course, if you have a history of eating disorders, you shouldn’t be obsessing on your weight at all. If you find that you are weighing yourself multiple times each day, speak to a professional.
In the end, the best indicator of health is how you feel. But that scary metal scale at the doctor’s office is probably pretty accurate, too.