If you’re currently working toward a weight goal, stepping onto the scale at least once a week can help you achieve it. People who weigh themselves frequently—every day or week—are likely to lose more pounds than those who avoid the scale, research shows. They’re also more likely to maintain their weight in the long run. Why? It’s less about the number and more about psychology. Weighing yourself is a habit that can impact other habits. It may motivate you to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits, and quickly correct your course if you start to veer off track. We encourage you to try it out. Follow these steps:
Weigh yourself at the same time of day, with the same clothes or without. Ideally after using the bathroom.
Tack it onto an existing habit, like after brushing your teeth.
Look for overall trends, not day to day fluctuations, which can be due to water weight, bloating, or digestive habits.
If you see the number going in the wrong direction, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, focus on the positive changes you can make for the remainder of the week and month.
It’s worth noting that most research studies have focused on weight loss, but if your goal is to gain weight, it may help you too.