Different diet plans recommend different things in relation to weighing yourself. A common suggestion is to weigh yourself once a week only. The logic behind it is that your weight can fluctuate day to day and you can get discouraged if one day you put on a few pounds. Week by week is a compromise between monitoring enough and not noticing the bumps too much.
The problem here is when you have put on 5 pounds since the week before, and you didn’t realize. Maybe you were getting excited and weigh day was a huge disappointment.
If you get disappointed by the day to day fluctuations, or let down by the weekly miss, then your mindset is wrong
If you need to lose 50 pounds what difference does a few pounds make daily or weekly?
GET A GRIP.
If you are making real changes in your lifestyle and eating habits the weigh schedule will be almost irrelevant. Try not to attach too much emotion to the situation.
The scales are simply another tool in your armory, just like your list of goals, or your photo of the worlds fattest person on your refrigerator. Would you get upset if the photo fell on the floor? If you lost your sheets of paper where you had written down your goals would you give up? Or just rewrite them?
Less drama and negative excitement please.
I agree with the practice of weighing yourself every day, even twice a day is fine. The issue with weighing yourself every day is the fluctuations. The mental chatter of questions like:
Am I more dehydrated today?…
Is it morning or afternoon?…
Did I POO?…
Can be eliminated.
All you need to do is record your weight each time then simply work out the average once a week
(If you weigh yourself 7 times in 1 week, then add up the numbers once a week then divide the result by 7.)
Over time you will see that the daily fluctuations are irrelevant. The up 2 pounds / down 2 pounds is silly to stress over. It is negative mental energy. It’s another ego chatter trick.
This also helps you if you have an average set of scales. My current electronic scales can fluctuate by up to 3 pounds just by getting off and back on again!
Imagine beating yourself up over that!
…No need to change into a G-string or T-back for weighing!
…Don’t bother holding your breath…
…Or transferring your weight to one leg or the other…
…To the front of your feet or the back…
What? You haven’t done any of these things? It’s just me? How embarrassing…
Seriously though. Try to take the emotion away from the process. Stepping on the scales shouldn’t be like the medal presentation for the Olympics. You aren’t on the television; this isn’t the biggest loser reality TV show where you jump up and down or cry in front of millions of people.
Get on, get off. Record the result. Take an average at the end of the week. No drama.