For most people, the end goal of fitness is weight loss. To be honest, that is the only reason many people even get into fitness in the first place. Health be damned, their primary goal is getting beach body ready and nothing will stop them.
For them, tracking fitness progress doesn’t necessarily mean increased endurance or stronger bones, but how many kilos have been shed. Thus comes the weekly or monthly (or even daily) weigh-in. Such weigh-ins are often followed by jubilation, frustration and sometimes a ‘victory meal’. Weigh-ins are a real part of most people’s fitness and daily lives. But how often should you weigh yourself?
It’s easy to get obsessed with weighing one’s self when trying to lose weight. After all, you aren’t dieting and working out for nothing! There’s nothing inherently wrong with weigh-ins. They can even act as a source of motivation. The problem comes in when it’s being done too often (several times a day, for instance ) and also when too much emphasis is being placed on the number on the scale to the point that it becomes obsessive.
Determining the number of times appropriate for a weigh-in depends on your own fitness goals. If you’re trying to lose very a small amount of weight, it’s best to check once a month. Smaller weight losses are less likely to reflect immediately on the scale. For larger fitness goals, a once a week or once every two weeks weigh-in is advised.
The key is to not to obsess too much over the number on the scale. Instead, look for signs of progress in other areas. Notice how differently your clothes fit or how light you feel. Notice how your sleep pattern changes and how your body looks in the mirror. By observing a steady change in your body, you develop a greater appreciation for your body as a whole as well as self-love.
It’s never wise to define yourself by the number on a scale, whether you’re trying those lose weight or not.