Many people own scales and weigh themselves at home, particularly if they are trying to lose weight. Commonly, this can become quite a habit, and before long you may find yourself jumping on the scales daily. This can lead to feeling very disheartened by daily fluctuations in numbers. Does this sound like you?
If it does you are certainly not alone. While self-monitoring is important, the scales are not the only way! The truth is there are many reasons why the scales can fluctuate, and are not always the best measure of your weight. For example:
So now we know the scales are not the be all and end all of successful weight loss, but what can we do to monitor our progress. Read on for our tips for self-monitoring:
Tips to positive self monitoring!
On a final note, we recommend weighing yourself once a week at most, if at all. We are interested in the overall trend of your weight loss, over a few weeks or months. The daily ups and downs are not important. So weekly weights at most is all you need! If you would prefer to not weigh yourself at all, and just use some of the above self-monitoring strategies instead that works great too! Have a chat to your dietitian if you would like some help to come up with a self-monitoring plan tailored to you!