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Are you a Compulsive Scale Watcher?

It’s not a good idea to watch the scales.

Watching the scales is not recommended for people trying to lose weight. Everyone is different and weight can fluctuate by as much as three kilos by the end of one day. There are many factors that cause weight fluctuation, like not drinking enough water, hormonal issues and what has been eaten during the day, to name just a few. Weight fluctuation is normal when modifying your diet and especially if you are on a weight management program.

My advice is only to weigh yourself once a week, and when you do, it should be under the same circumstances. If you weigh yourself daily and at different times, the circumstances will vary and you won’t get a true reading of your weight. This can be a major psychological distraction from the weight goal you have set for yourself. Quite often people trying to lose weight obsess about the number on the scales and don’t look at their overall weight loss results, such as their body measurements, reduction in clothes size and their change in appearance.

I run an on-line fat-buster challenge. A few weeks ago, someone emailed me expressing their disappointment that during the week they had not lost any weight. When I reviewed their weight loss statistics, they had actually lost 14cm from their body. This was definitely something to celebrate. The following week they emailed me to say they had lost 1.3 kilos. And on that week there had been no additional centimeters lost. So, it is just as important to use a tape measure to assess weight loss, as it is to use the scales.

I suggest you choose a certain day each week and weigh yourself first thing in the morning before you eat and before getting dressed. I also encourage taking some sort of measurement – be it measurements or clothes sizes. Some people may lose 5-6 kilos, but their measurements show far greater weight loss. Measurements should also be taken at the same time you weigh yourself and this will guarantee a more reliable indication of your overall progress. If you are on a weight loss program both weight and body measurement will show your true results.

There are some people that don’t like using scales at all. This is OK, as long as you are monitoring your progress and results in some way.

So, if you are serious about staying motivated, don’t be a compulsive scale watcher and you’ll get better results.