There has been this constant back and forth in the medical world whether or not people should weigh themselves daily. There are arguments for weighing yourself daily and arguments against it. Some people suggest never stepping on scale and others state that if you don’t want to weigh yourself daily then you should at least do it once a week.

  • To Weigh
    • The main argument for weighing yourself is that is keeps you accountable of your weight. In this sense, ignorance is not bliss and by not keeping track of your weight you can lose control of it, especially if you struggle with weight gain.
    • By weighing yourself daily you can make healthier choices for yourself.
    • You know how what you eat can affect your weight.
  • Not To Weigh
    • People believe that weighing yourself on the daily can cause psychological harm. Those who may suffer from eating disorders may revert back to their old ways if they feel like they are gaining weight. They will see themselves as fat and lose what confidence that they have regarding their body image.
    • You may be healthy despite what the scale says. There are many people who have a high BMI but are otherwise totally healthy. They have no heart problems and there is no evidence of diabetes.
    • The scale does not take into consideration height, gender or hormone levels, etc., so it can be misleading.

When it comes to monitoring your weight, it’s best to keep many things in mind. A scale doesn’t have to rule your life and you can control how you choose to use it. If you want to weigh yourself every day then that’s okay. If you want to avoid a scale like the plague, then that’s fine. You have to find the method that works best for you. Maybe you can find some middle ground and keep your weigh-ins to once a week or once a month. Always choose the right method that works for you in your journey to living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Sources:

http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/what-happens-when-you-stop-weighing-yourself

 

http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/how-often-you-should-weigh-yourself-for-weight-loss