This blog post over at FitSugar gives a number of reasons why you shouldn’t weigh yourself. They raise some good points including…
- The scale can trigger emotional eating
- Weight does not accurately reflect fitness / health
- Weight doesn’t reflect body composition
- Weighing less doesn’t = looking better
- There are better measuring sticks
But I won’t be getting rid of my scale any time soon. Because while all those reasons are true, it’s also true that if you don’t measure something, it is very difficult to change it. Without a measurement goals are easily forgotten or ignored. If you have a goal to lose weight, a scale is an excellent way to tell you whether you are doing that or not.
I started this year out at a robust 202 lbs. This is heavy for me. Somehow I managed to gain 4 or 5 pounds last year despite the fact that I joggled over 1350 miles. There’s proof that exercise alone is not sufficient for weight loss.
My goal: According to my BMI figures, my target weight should be somewhere around 186 lbs. Right now I’m classified as “Overweight”. Of course, I’d also like to lose weight so I can be a faster joggler, so my target is going to be 180 lbs.
To get there, I’m definitely going to use the scale and weigh myself every day. And for the month of January, I did just that. And you know what? I’ve already lost over 10 lbs. My lowest weight during January was 188 lbs! Almost at a normal BMI.
Here are some tips that make me feel better about daily weighing and you might try them too.
Weigh yourself after a run – You lose weight when you run so your weight will be at a low point. Take advantage of this fact.
Weigh yourself after a shower – I’ve found that I weigh a little less after a shower. I must have heavy dirt. It’s not much difference but it’s something.
Record your lowest weight of the day – If you weigh yourself multiple times in a day, take credit for the lowest weight. This will make you feel better. Yesterday, I weighed myself multiple times and weighed, 189, 192, and 191. I wrote down 189. I know this isn’t the proper, scientific way to do it but this isn’t a proper experiment.