This is a loaded question. It really depends on where you look, who you ask, and what doctor that you go to as to when you should weigh yourself with a body fat analyzer. A lot rides on those numbers. Stepping of that scale takes courage. It takes dedication. It is like standing before a firing squad. All your hard work, or lack thereof, is completely evident in just a couple of seconds. No wonder why people avoid it.
The truth is that you are going to have to step on that scale at some time or another. You have to know what your weight is. You have to know if all your changes are working. Even if you wait until your annual physical, you are going to have to make that step, for better or for worse.
The scale is your friend
First things first, you have to get a scale that you like. Ideally, it will measure more than just your weight. Your muscle density and fat percentage is just as important as how much you actually weigh. You need to find one that you are comfortable with using.
How will you know if your exercise routine is really burning fat like it feels like? How will you know if your diet is working? You are going to get on that scale and see your numbers. It really is the only way to accurately gauge your efforts.
The emotional Impact
Getting on that scale is overwhelming. It feels like a moment of judgement. By looking at those numbers you can see your failures, or your successes. Stepping on the scale can lead you into giving up or it can propel you into trying harder. It is all about your mindset. You need to use the scale as a tool of empowerment. You need to make up your mind that you can and will use these numbers to make better choices in your daily – or weekly – routine.
So how often should you weigh yourself?
That depends on what stage of your weight loss that you are in. In the beginning of your weight loss journey, you should start off with weekly weigh ins. This will help you to set your goals. It will keep you positive and motivated to go on. You are more likely to see progression if you weigh in once a week. At first, the daily fluctuations of only a few pounds can be discouraging and challenging. It can make it seem as though you are not losing, even though it is just water weight or bloating.
After a while, you can go to twice a week weigh ins. Twice a week will give you a good idea of what track you are in. It will help you to see how your fitness routine is working. Twice a week weigh ins help you to reprogram your regimen or show you where you need to improve.
If you are only trying to maintain your weight, go ahead and weigh daily. The minor fluctuations of a few pounds is likely something that you expect. It will also show you potential problems. If you have a steady rise in your weight, a daily weigh in will help you to curb that weight gain by making you aware of it.
There you have it. It is up to you to decide what works best for you. Whatever helps you to stick to your routine is what should decide how often you should weigh yourself.