When dieting we have a tendency to weigh ourselves at every opportunity we get. We jump on the scales at various times during the same day hoping the reading will be lower than the previous attempt. This is usually done after an exercise class to see if we have instantly lost weight or after a meal hoping that the salad hasn’t bumped up the last reading. In hindsight it seems silly, but this is all part of the weight loss psyche as we become desperate for the pounds to come off.
The Body Fluctuates In Weight Throughout The Day
The fact is that the body can fluctuate in weight as much as 2-4 pounds at any given time of the day. Your daily body weight will depend on what goes in and out. So for example, if you have just eaten lunch or gone to the toilet you will have put on or shed some weight. The body’s level of hydration also plays a massive part in weight fluctuation and even perspiration is a contributing factor.
Be Disciplined and Accurate With Your Weigh In
It is pointless weighing yourself at every opportunity, all you will achieve are varying results and ultimately frustration. Monitoring weight loss is all about discipline. Just as a diet regulates eating, it should also regulate your weighing habits. Pick one day a week to weigh yourself. Stick to that same day each week and always weigh yourself in the morning. Make sure you weigh yourself before eating and after moving your bowels and passing water. For the ultimate in accuracy, weigh yourself at exactly the same time on the same day each week. With a good routine this should be achievable.
But Don’t We Naturally Weigh Less In The Morning?
It is true we weigh less in the morning, and this because of the long period of rest without food or water. However, our morning weight is the truest body weight because food has been digested and body systems have been rested. Weighing ourselves at any other time of the day would simply be inaccurate due to undigested food and the volume of fluid in the body.
Use Your Own Scales and a Reputable Brand
Another key aspect in accurate weight readings is using your own set of weight scales. Using a variety of scales will give you conflicting readings and add to the annoyance of not knowing your true weight. Make sure your scales are accurately set to zero and purchase a well known brand for reliable weight reporting. You can also use a body fat scale to get more accurate information about your body.
Stick To The Regime
Don’t be tempted to weigh yourself again and again. Be patient and wait for your weekly weigh in at the same time every week. That means no using your friend’s scales, mall scales or the scales at the gym.