When you want to lose weight, or if you had too much in life, you might dread stepping on a weighing scale and looking at what numbers come out. We have read a lot of advice before that you should avoid weighing yourself as much as possible and just to look at the scale once in a while. While this might have worked for some, a new study will make you do otherwise.
The Scale is Your Friend
A study published in the International Journey of Obesity found that it might be about time that you embrace your weighing scale and the numbers that come out, rather than dreading it. The scale is a more powerful tool than it seems so if you want to lose some weight, start weighing yourself every day.
Weighing Yourself Matters
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson
In a study which involved 294 female students by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, it was discovered that those who measured their weight every day every single day for over two years saw a more significant drop in weights as compared to those who did not. What is more interesting is that the women who were involved in those studies were of different weights, and they had not actually been told to lose weight.
This control group was made up of college students since people at this age are very likely to gain weight. In a study in 2009, it was found that over 70 percent of students gain a lot of weight in just their first year in college. However, just weighing themselves every single day not only prevented weight gain but even made them lose a significant amount.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Mia Syn MS, RD, a registered dietitian based in Charleston, South Carolina said that “weighing yourself every day or close to it is a way to hold yourself accountable.” Numbers cannot lie, so factual information can subconsciously influence your eating habits throughout the day and push you to make healthier choices if you happen to be getting off track.
Thus, it follows that if you do not weight yourself regularly, you might not have any idea that you actually are gaining weight. You will just go ahead and do what you enjoy doing without a care about how much you weigh.
Some Things to Be Wary Of
Of course, weighing yourself every day might not work for some people. If weighing yourself becomes an unhealthy trigger like if you get anxiety, depression or an eating disorder, step away from the scale by all means. If this is your case, the better option would be to step away from the scale and just weigh yourself once a week at least. If you want a healthier way of measuring health, you can observe how your clothes fit or just look at yourself in the mirror more often.
When you have been in a strength building regimen, the numbers you see might not exactly be reflective of your goals. When you increase muscle, you will burn more calories when at a resting rate. This, however, can also increase your overall weight. You might get frustrated that you have not been seeing changes on the scale, but what you think is happening might not be so.
Some Things to Keep in Mind
While weighing yourself might let you lose more weight, always remember that a healthy weight is more than just the numbers you see on the scale. Taking your BMI is a great measure of your density. While this is a great way of measuring muscle and fat density for average built people, BMI, however, is not too accurate for athletes or muscular people.
It is also advised that you weigh yourself at around the same time every day. Some say that the best time of the day to take your weight would be first thing in the morning after you pee since this is when you are most dehydrated.
The bottom line of all of this is that it is not really the scale which makes you lose weight, it’s the push you see when you see numbers that you do not like, and the drive to keep going when these numbers keep you happy. How often do you weigh yourself? What do you think about weighing every day? Share with us your thoughts and reflections in the comments below.