The scale isn't my favorite weight loss tool out there, although it can be useful for some people. The trouble with the scale is that it doesn't tell you what you're losing and/or gaining and that information is very important for determining your success. Even knowing that, many of us can't imagine not weighing ourselves on a regular basis, whether it's helping us or hurting us. What about you? How often do you weigh yourself and does it motivate you to work harder? Share Your Story
- I weigh myself everyday when I get home from school. I feel that it keeps me in check on what I'm doing wrong and right. I used to weigh myself twice a day but it caused a lot of stress, so I minimized it. By weighing myself once a week, I have lost 37lbs and I found it effective. If I didn't weigh myself once a week, I feel that I would eat a little more or work a little less. In other words, I wouldn't feel motivated
- —Guest Brooke
- only once in the morning, i make it a habit to use the restroom and don't eat till i feel hunger pains then i weigh ... that weigh it seems as accurate as the day before. it keeps me into it i lost 40 lbs in 7 weeks so far so im not changing anything
- —Guest wes
- Hi. A friends advice was to through throw away the scales so I did. listen to yourself not your friends. I let my clothes be the judge, as I got bigger I'd just wear something that wasn't so tight . finally I bought new scales, I weigh myself every two weeks now, that way I can have a peek . I now walk 6 ks every 2 days. and the weight is coming off. we also have to realize it's the good fats that count and sugar is our number one enemy . Linda.
- —Guest Linda Keegan
Every time I go to the gym.
- I only weigh when I go to the gym because I don't have a weight scale at home. The look in the mirror and smile thing doesn't work for me. If I stop going to the gym and I gained weight, I can't even tell and I don't like that. Numbers don't lie, only people do.
- —Guest Kevin
- I have been weighing myself daily for 20 years. For 18 of those years I have weighed between 164- 168. I now weigh 170. I was up to 175. I have been trying hard to get down to 167 but haven't been able to do so in 2 years. By weighing myself daily I know exactly what I have to do. I eat less than anybody at celebrations. I make that a point! I am 66 years old and exercize 5 days a week. I have been told I look 50 and feel that way. If you weigh yourself once a week you could pick up 5-7 lbs, once a month 5-10 lbs. Actually in those 20 years I have been up to 175 3-4 times and only by weighing myself daily was I able to combat that. How hard is it to step on a scale daily? If you can't take the psychological aspect of that "get over it".
- —Guest eddie
- I don't weigh myself regularly. I started running at the same time I began to pay attention to my weight loss so I am gaining muscle and the scale would, obviously, reflect that. I don't want it to deter me, so to monitor my weight loss I just look in the mirror and/or smile as I notice my clothes fitting me better. Losing weight should be a positive thing and I think focusing on numbers can easily ruin a good thing. I used to work as a weight loss consultant at Jenny Craig and saw this happen first-hand too many times!
- —Guest Jenn
How often do you weigh?
- Every single day!! Sometimes I check in the evening to see if I am under my max. I finally lost the 10 pounds I gained from menopause by cutting out bread, pasta, cereal & of course sugar. It took 4 weeks after trying many other methods for 7 years. I work out a lot and this method really worked for me. I am NEVER going over 130 again! I got down to 126 so I have some breathing room.
10 times a day
- I weigh myself at least 10 times a day. I know it's bad, but I have just started a diet and I have been overweight for 8 years. I'm 209 pounds and I like to see if there's been some change every hour or so. It gets me really happy when I see I lost a little and really sad when I put on weight or it stays the same. I shouldn't weigh myself like that, because my emotions get so mixed up. One hour I'm happy, the next I'm going to cry. I should just get rid of the scale but, every time I go to, I can't.
- —Guest jems
- When I weigh each morning before breakfast, I find it helps me stay on track all day. I give myself excuses to cheat if I don't weigh in each day. I don't obsess about the number anymore because I know about water fluctuations, but I like to see the trend in the right direction. It keeps me motivated!
I weigh myself
- I generally weigh myself about once a week, trying not to be too obsessive about the numbers but focusing more on the way my clothes fit me.
- —Guest jennifer
- I never weigh myself I just measure my waist once a week. That's what's important for both health and clothing issues anyways.
- —Guest Robert Seadon
Great Article..Must read for beginners
- Wow I wish had read this article 8 months ago when I started exercising. I felt exactly the same and went through the same mental process when I was not seeing any difference in my weight. Even now I don't think my scale shows a lot of difference from where I started, but I know I fit into my clothes better. And the statements about building endurance and learning techniques well is so true. A year ago, when I started an exercise program. I struggled to even burn 150 calories on the elliptical. Now that I have followed through on cardio as well as internal and strength tranining and focusing on the number of workouts rather than pounds lost, I am able to workout with more energy than ever before. I am able to easily burn 400 calories at the gym.
It has definitely been a lot of lifestyle change and only in a good way. I look forward to continuing this lifestyle, no matter what the SCALE says.
Thanks for a wonderful article
- —Guest savimal
Twice a day
- Every A.M. and P.M. it is a guide for me as to how things are going, good or bad. I have lost over 40 pounds since last July. I still have about 20 or 25 lbs to go. The scale keeps me focus and informed as to how my diet and exercise is working.
- For folks interested in losing weight, the scale is simply another tool. Weighing less on that little mechanical device doesn't make me healther, it is just an indicator that I probably am going in the right direction. I recognize that there will be fluctuations depending on my level of hydration, etc. I weigh first thing in the morning before I head off to exercise class and I weigh again at bedtime. It helps me remain accountable to myself for sustaining the lifestyle changes that will bring me better health. More critical than the scale is counting caloric and fat intake; keeping my protein and fiber intake high enough; and getting enough exercise and water. For me, the scale is just another readout on the dashboard. When I drive my car, I frequently look at my speedometer because it gives me the facts to back up what I already should have a sense for: how fast I am going. The scale also tells me what I already should be generally aware of: how well I am doing on my plan.
- —Guest BIff
- I have a love hate relationship with the scale, but since I am low income I can't afford one, and so when I see my doc, I find out what my weight is and I get my blood pressure checked only once a week. I would like to have my weight checked once weekly and up to once a month if I had one since I would be discouraged if I gained more weight than I should have especially if I was walking a lot and drinking lots of safe fluids so this is what I need to do, but my nurse would want to check it weekly and I would be tempted to have it checked daily and so low income is not all bad, I would love to have an easy to use blood pressure monitor here.