Updated: Feb 15
If you are on a diet and weighing yourself every day can make a big difference whether you reach your weight goals. Most people weigh themselves in the morning, and if they do not like what they see, it can make them feel bummed out all day, tempting them to quit their diet.
For some people, weighing themselves every day can cause them to feel frustrated and want to quit their diet.
When I was a kid, my dad weighed himself every day. He kept a small piece of paper in the medicine cabinet with his daily weight totals. My dad was not what we would call overweight. He may have been carrying 5-8 extra pounds at most. He was brilliant and had an analytical mind trying to find the most efficient way of doing things. He wrote his daily weight in the exact number even more fascinating. If he weighed 178.3 pounds, that is what he recorded. He never rounded it off to the next highest or lowest number. I do not know how he did it. There were no digital scales back in the 1960s. You stepped on the scale, and the round dial with all the black tick marks swung back and forth until it lined up with the red line.
Whether you should weigh yourself to check your progress every day depends on what type of person.
There are two types of people—the analytical and the nonanalytical.
The analytical type like my dad and myself use their daily weight totals to guide what they ate or how much they exercised affected their totals. We analyze if that new food I introduced yesterday make me gain or lose weight.
The nonanalytical type should weigh themselves no more than once a month. This is because they tend to be a bit more emotional about it, and if they gain weight, it may upset them, triggering a stress response that will only make them crave the unhealthy weight-gaining foods. Conversely, if they see they lost weight, it may make them want to celebrate by "rewarding" themselves with a treat. Only to gain the weight back the next day, causing more stress.
The best place for the nonanalytical person to keep their scale is buried deep in the back of a closet of some hard-to-reach place. This action will keep you from being tempted to weigh yourself every time you walk past it. Instead, your focus should be on feeling good and not just numbers.
To maximize your chance of success depends significantly on how much stress you encounter each day—the greater the stress, the lower your chances of succeeding.
Figuring out which type of person you are—the analytical or nonanalytical- can significantly affect your diet success.
When is the Best Time to Weigh Yourself?
The best time to weigh yourself is when you first get up in the morning. Make sure you empty your bladder and wear as few clothes as possible, and you have not drunk anything. You will be amazed how much clothes and water weighs.
I hope this brings encouragement and insights into succeeding on the Stress Free Diet.