How many times a day do you weigh yourself?
Your weight on the scale can help you determine what kind of progress you are making on your weight loss journey. But it is not the ONLY way to determine your progress, and if you step on your scale too often, it might just drive you crazy.
Many patients are obsessed about weighing themselves. We see patient who only weigh themselves when they come to the office every month and others that like to weigh every day.
We even hear about people who weight themselves multiple times every day!
What do you think about this subject? Let us know.
We recommend weighing yourself once a week. Checking more than that will not help you lose weight and tends to pull your attention away from where it should be – changing your lifestyle. We find that most patients who weigh too often do not do well with their weight loss. It is normal for most patient’s weight to fluctuate. What is important is the general TREND and you can see that definitively over a reasonable period of time.
If you don’t like to step on the scale, using a snug pair of pants to see your progress can work too. If they begin to feel looser, you know you are getting smaller. If it gets harder to zip them up, you know you are not making progress.
Like most of the weight loss process, concentrate on what’s really important. Regular real exercise, low fat diets, and small portions of food – these are the lifestyle changes that result in weight loss. If you concentrate on those things your weight will go down!
Keep up the hard work and we look forward to seeing you in the office!