6 Reasons To Stop Weighing Yourself Every Day

by Claudia Tan
WEIGHT LOSS  |  January 22, 2018
  • Take the numbers on your weighing scale with a grain of salt.
    1 / 7 Take the numbers on your weighing scale with a grain of salt.

    What starts out as a health or fitness resolution for the New Year may spiral into nerve-wracking daily weigh-in sessions. Being fit and healthy is often associated with weight loss, and seeing the numbers on the scale go down could potentially become the sole form of validation that your hard work is paying off. But being overly reliant on the numbers reflected on the scale is not only a poor measure of your progress, it might also result in detrimental impacts on your psychological and physical well-being. Here are six reasons why you should to stop weighing yourself every day.

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  • Weight loss does not mean fitter and healthier 
    2 / 7 Weight loss does not mean fitter and healthier 

    Weight loss is often used interchangeably with fat loss, the latter being what most people presumably want to achieve. Weight is made up of three major components, body fat, water and lean tissue. This explains why even if two people have the exact same height and weight, their bodies may look completely different. Fat loss requires more time and effort compared to losing water and muscles. So if you are actually losing water and muscles essential to your physical well being rather than fat, it may not necessarily mean a healthier you. 

    (Also Read:10 Popular Weight Loss Beliefs That Are Not Actually True)

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  • Your muscles are repairing themselves
    3 / 7 Your muscles are repairing themselves

    If you just started on a new exercise routine or are new to working out, you might notice a slight weight gain due to stress placed on your muscle fibres. This causes little tears in your muscle fibres known as microtrauma. In an attempt to heal these tears, your body goes into an inflammation phase releasing various liquid substances to heal the tears. These liquids are what contribute to a temporary weight gain. The weight will subside once your body adapts to the intensity of the work out. Furthermore, depending on your body type, you may gain muscles faster than you lose fat leading to an increase in weight. All these changes that come with exercising regularly cannot be accurately reflected by your weight.

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  • Weight fluctuates throughout the day
    4 / 7 Weight fluctuates throughout the day

    The numbers you see on your scale may not remain constant even if you weigh yourself between short intervals. This is because things such as hydration levels and salts consumed will affect your weight. Carbohydrates and salt are commonly linked to water retention. When too much salt is consumed, water is retained to balance the salt concentration in your body until your kidneys remove the unneeded salt. Similarly, unused carbohydrates are stored as glycogen, which encourages water retention. Depending on your day-to-day activities and food consumption, your daily weight is likely to vary throughout the day.

    (Also read: Here’s Why a Low-Carb Diet May Actually Be a Really Bad Idea)

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  • There are other ways to measure fitness
    5 / 7 There are other ways to measure fitness

    Instead of using weight as an indicator of your progress, you can more accurately assess your fitness by observing your own body. Things such as the quality of your sleep and how alert your mind is can better inform you about the state of your health. Another more accurate way to check your progress would be tracking your body fat percentage instead of weight.

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  • Weight loss does not happen overnight
    6 / 7 Weight loss does not happen overnight

    Do not let the numbers on the scale become a hindrance to your progress. Daily weigh ins are not going to reflect immediate results. Instead, weighing yourself weekly may allow you to have a better gauge of your progress. Remember to weigh yourself at a fixed time for a more accurate reading. Weighing yourself at different times of the day would give varying results. For instance, your weight on an empty stomach compared to after a meal would likely be different. The best time to weigh yourself would be in the morning before any activity or food consumption. Do this weekly or biweekly and observe consistent changes to your weight instead of hoping to shed a few kilograms overnight.

    (Also read: 5 Fitness Resolutions Worth Making (And How to Keep Them))

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  • Don't let the scale weigh you down
    7 / 7 Don't let the scale weigh you down

    Frequent weigh ins will only serve to break your momentum when you do not get your desired readings. Instead of focusing on these numbers, focus on sticking to your set goals. Set reminders on your phone or paste sticky notes around to motivate yourself to adhere to your exercise routine. If you find it hard to keep yourself in check, find a workout partner and be each others’ pillars of motivation. Striving to achieve your goals will naturally yield favourable results in time to come.

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