Drawbacks of Daily Weigh-Ins

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In my last post, I talked about the benefits of weighing yourself daily, so now it’s time to present the other side of the story. I decided a few years ago that I would get rid of my scale, and just weigh in when I went to the doctor’s office. Since I only have to see the doctor when I need medication refills, that means I get on the scale about twice a year.

Now I just use a tape measure to keep on track, and if the numbers get higher, I adjust my diet. Here are some good reasons to not weigh yourself daily.

You Don’t’ Freak Out

Depending on the time of day that you weigh in, the scale may register a 2-5-pound difference in what you normally weigh. Eating, drinking, bathroom habits, or water retention, are frequently the culprits. These fluctuations are normal but a die-hard dieter may freak out and become depressed, which can lead to binge eating.

You’re Not Weighing Too Often

This is why I stopped using a scale and went to a measuring tape. I would weigh myself when I got up before breakfast, after breakfast, mid- afternoon and evening. Clothing played a big part in those numbers and I tried to weigh without any clothes or the lightest fabric I could find.  Since I no longer step on the scale, at my first yearly weigh-in I lost eight pounds and the same for the two-year mark.

You Have a Muscular Build

Some people and I include myself in this category, have a muscular build and muscle weighs more than fat.  You need muscle to stoke your metabolism and even though the numbers on the scale go up, your body looks slimmer.

  How often do you weigh yourself?