The 4 Steps for an accurate weigh-in (plus bonus step)
You know they are an evil necessary, but you dread the day when you drag them out from under your bed ready to delicately step on, so as not to upset them too much!
But regularly weighing yourself has proven benefits when it comes to losing weight, or maintaining weight loss.
So make sure you’re weighing yourself the right way.
Yep, there is a wrong way and a right way, so experts say.
Follow these 4 steps for an accurate weigh-in to help avoid bouts of frustration:
Step 1 – Choose ONE day of the week
Do not weigh yourself daily.
Our bodies change regularly, particularly for women. Water retention, time of the month (sorry guys), sodium levels, hydration, alcohol consumption, and so much more can affect the results.
Instead, choose one day every week and stick to it.
Step 2 – Set the time
As important as the day, is the time. There’s no point weighing yourself one week before breakfast and the next after dinner.
You won’t get an accurate result for weight loss, or weight gain.
Experts recommend weighing yourself first thing in the morning before breakfast (after visiting the bathroom).
Step 3 – Wear the same clothes (or lack of)
As with setting the day and time, wear the same thing each time you hop on the scales. Ideally wear nothing at all, but if you prefer to weigh yourself at your local pharmacy, you may want to reconsider that idea!
Whatever you decide to wear, or not, stick with it for the most accurate results.
Step 4 – Use the same scales
All scales are not created equal.
So rather than set yourself up for disappointment or joy unnecessarily, use the same scales each week.
Ideally purchase a set of scales. And don’t scrimp too much. Cheap scales of less than £10 are often that price for a reason.
Set a budget and do your research.
Then once purchased, be sure to set them on a firm flat surface and calibrate them regularly to ensure they remain accurate.
Bonus step – What’s your average?
To truly gauge your weight loss (or gain), experts suggest monitoring your weight on a weekly basis as outlined above for a period of four weeks.
At the end of the four weeks, calculate the average.
Subtract that figure from your starting weight, and you’ll get an even more accurate measure of the progress you’ve made.
Why bother weighing yourself?
According to the National Weight Control Registry, 75% of those who have successfully managed to lose weight, and keep it off, regularly weigh themselves.
Not only that, studies show that people who lose weight are less likely to regain that weight if they regularly weigh themselves.
So stop looking at the scales with dread, hold your head high, step on and follow our four step process:
- Choose the day to weigh yourself each week, and stick to it
- Choose the time to yourself on that day, and stick to it
- Wear the same clothes, or lack of clothing, and stick to it
- Use the same scales, and stick to it