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The best time to weigh yourself
Weighing yourself can help you to track progress, whether you want to lose, maintain or gain weight. But the timing and frequency that you do this can sometimes make all the difference in encouraging you towards your goal.
The best time to weigh yourself would be first thing in the morning, before you have eaten or drunk anything, and ideally after going to the bathroom. Weighing yourself at this time will help you to track your progress in the most accurate way.
The reason for this is because when it comes to monitoring your weight, consistency is very important.
A large number of factors can skew what you see on the scale. For example, 500 ml of water weighs 0.5 kg (1.1 lb). So if you were to weigh yourself on a highly accurate scale, drink 500 ml of water and then weigh yourself again, you would see an increase of 0.5 kg in body mass.
Your body mass fluctuates throughout the day and can do so dramatically. This means that weighing yourself first thing in the morning on one day and then in the afternoon after having a heavy meal on another is generally not a good idea.
Weighing yourself first thing in the morning each time keeps things as consistent as possible because it means factors such as food that you have eaten the day before or exercise you have done do not have a significant impact.
Below are some points to keep in mind when weighing yourself.
Use a high quality scale and stick with it – not all weighing scales are created equal, some will be much more accurate than others. If you are going to buy a new one, opting for a slightly more expensive model might be well worth the money.
Online retailers have a wide range of scales available for sale, most of which are digital. The great thing is that these retailers tend to have hundreds or thousands of customer reviews, so it is fairly easy to figure out which models are worth buying.
Once you have started weighing yourself on a certain scale, you should try and stick to using that scale only. Scales at the gym or at a friends house might show different results than the one you have at home.
Weigh yourself naked – just like food, the clothes that we wear (especially shoes!) have mass, and can weigh as much as 3 – 5 kg in total. Ideally, you should keep a scale in your bathroom so that you are able to weigh yourself completely naked.
If you are unable to do this, wear as few clothes as possible when weighing yourself and wear the same thing each time if you can. It is also important to place the scale on a solid surface because soft surfaces such as carpets can lead to inaccurate results.
Choose a frequency that works for you – even if you weigh yourself at the same time each day, weight fluctuations are normal. This is why it is important for you to decide how often you should step on the scale.
As a personal recommendation, I would suggest that you weigh yourself at the same time each day. But rather than tracking your progress daily, you should take an average of your weight each week and compare it to the week before. Monitoring progress this way is beneficial because it helps to eliminate day to day discrepancies.
This method may not be ideal for everyone though. If you are someone who is negatively affected by seeing small weight changes in the wrong direction, it would be better to weigh yourself once a week instead, so as to prevent yourself from getting discouraged.
Don’t rely on the scale alone – this is perhaps the most important point. Everything in your body has mass, including bones, organs, fat, muscle, food and water, so it can be difficult to determine how much each contributes to your overall mass.
If you are working out regularly, you will begin to gain muscle and burn fat. A pound of fat and muscle will show the same number when placed on a scale, but due to its compactness, the latter will take up less space.
This means that whilst you might not see a large difference on a weighing scale, you will being to see changes in the mirror. It is therefore important to not only rely on a weighing scale but to also take other measurements (such as fat percentage) and pictures of your body to monitor progress.
If you notice that your clothes have begun to feel looser, don’t get discouraged if the number on the scale hasn’t changed much. All this means is that you have ‘turned’ fat into muscle, and is therefore a step in the right direction.
Weighing yourself first thing in the morning each day and then averaging your results at the end of the week will help you to determine whether a diet & exercise program that you are following is working. It is important to not let small daily fluctuations discourage you.
The Best Time of Day to Weigh Yourself
Here’s a good reason to invest in (and actually use) a scale: According to the National Weight Control Registry, 75 percent of people who successfully lose weight (and keep it off) weigh themselves at least once per week. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dieteticsagrees, concluding that people who lose weight are less likely to regain it if they weigh themselves regularly. That’s because stepping on the scale provides people with a sense of accountability, and allows for a change in direction if the current weight-loss plan isn’t cutting it.
But as I learned during my time as an athlete (the only time I ever bothered to set foot on a scale), my weight can sometimes increase or decrease by as many as 10 pounds over the course of a day—and that’s not because I don’t know how to use a scale. “Weight is determined by several factors: Fluid intake, food intake, exercise (or sweat released), salt intake and so on,” explains Dana Hunnes, senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “As a result, our weight fluctuates, because we’re drinking, eating and sweating—we’re primarily gaining or losing water weight.”
Little of this results in actual weight gain, i.e., the accumulation of fat—this is extra weight from fluids and foods consumed over the course of the last day or so. “Real weight gain has a lag effect,” Hunnes emphasizes. “If you’re overeating for weeks, that will reflect on the scale as an uptrend in weight over time.” So, if the scale says you gained five pounds directly after a single night of drinking and eating yourself stupid, don’t chuck it out the window—it’s mostly just water (or beer) weight that your body will shed over the next 24 hours or so.
This being the case, though, when is the best time of day to weigh yourself?
“First thing after waking up and using the restroom,” says Hunnes, adding that it’s also important to avoid eating or drinking before stepping on the scale. “You haven’t had a chance to lose weight via sweat, or to put on water weight,” she says. As a result, you’ll see a lower number that’s a more accurate reflection of your actual weight, without the extra pounds added by breakfast. The idea here is that you should be tracking your average (but actual) weight over a long period of time—not focusing on the minor day-to-day differences.
It also helps to ensure that your scale is on a hard, flat surface—carpets are a big no-no—and that you’re standing with your weight evenly distributed across both feet.
Still, unless you’re really trying to lose a lot of weight, should you even be stepping on the scale regularly in the first place? Not necessarily, say the experts. “For the average healthy person who is trying to lose weight or put on muscle, it can be disheartening to step on a scale and not see that number budge, even if you see changes in your body shape or the way your clothes fit,” Hunnes says. “Because of that, I think using a scale depends on the person, the context and the end goal.”
“With my clients, we use more telling measurements, like body composition [muscle mass and body fat percentage] with tools like an InBody,” says Jonathan Jordan, anaward-winning trainer at Equinox Fitness. “I also use the mirror test [that is, stepping in front of a mirror with minimal clothing to assess body fat], photographs, and most importantly, fit of clothes and how my client feels to track changes.”
If you still want to keep track of your weight, though, Hunnes recommends stepping on the scale once per week, on the same day and at the same time. “Any more often than that is nerve-wracking, and you may flinch at every little up and down,” she says. “Any less than that, and you may miss an upward trend.”
Or in the case of your waistband, outward.
Ian Lecklitner is a staff writer at MEL. He last interviewed a car salesman, an insurance agent and a recruiter about what ‘business casual’ means to them.
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