WEIGHT LOSS is best achieved through eating the right thing and exercise, but how often you weigh yourself could also have an impact on your body shape.
A number of studies have suggested how often people looking to slim down or stay in shape should weigh themselves.
Those who weighed themselves daily were found to not only prevent gaining weight, but actually lose weight.
The group experienced small, but significant, decreases in their body mass indexes (BMIs) after two years, compared to those who weighed themselves less often.
But other experts suggest weighing yourself every day is not necessarily a good thing.
The director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, Brian Wansink, said people should weigh themselves only on Wednesdays.
The author of ‘Slim by Design’ reported that weighing yourself in the middle of the week will give the most precise reading.
If you do it every week on the same day, your weight will be more consistent.
For those who decide to weigh themselves daily Prevention.com has some tips to keep in mind.
1. Weigh yourself around the same time every day
Registered dietitian Mia Syn said: “It’s important to remember that your weight fluctuates hourly based on multiple factors, such as the food you eat, how much you’re drinking, your physical activity, and your bowel movements.”
2. Remember a healthy weight is more than just the number on the scale
Your body mass index (BMI) is a measure of your weight in relation to your height, and experts agree it is a great tool to help you determine if you are a healthy weight.
3. Know that there are other ways to check in
If you feel that stepping on the scale every day may do more harm than good, choose a different strategy that will help hold you accountable and keep your spirits up.
Dietician at Miraval Resort & Spa said: “I recommend people measure themselves right below the belly button and at the top of the hip bones. It’s a simple, accurate way to assess a reduction in visceral fat, the fat in and around the organs that is most detrimental to health.”