A question that I get often from my Personal Training clients, is how often should you weigh yourself? My answer is that it depends on what your goals are. Just because you see the number on the scale go up or down from one day to the next doesn’t mean that you’re not on track to hit your fitness goals. Our weight fluctuates daily.
How often should you weigh yourself?
If you don’t have any fitness goals that you are striving for and you are just living life. Then you don’t have to check your weight at all. Go ahead and do you. If you are maintaining a healthy weight and just want some awareness. Then it doesn’t hurt to check your weight once or twice a month. If you trying to lose weight and or gain weight. Then checking your weight once a week is a great way to track your progress.
I check my weight once every two weeks. That’s twice a month. I like to check my weight regularly in order to know where I stand. If I am getting ready for a photoshoot and or a modeling gig. Then I will check my weight once a week in order to track my progress towards my desired physique. Once the photoshoot and or modeling gig is over and I don’t have any other appearances to make. Then I will revert back to checking my weight once every two weeks.
Should you weigh yourself everyday?
I don’t think it’s healthy to check your weight every day because there are so many variables that impact your weight. It’s not all that accurate to be honest. Our weight fluctuates daily based on the amount of food we eat, the amount of calories we burn when we exercise, whether or not we’re retaining water, and when we last used the bathroom.
The only reason why anyone should be checking their weight daily is if they are competing in a fitness competition. Competitors make slight changes to their diet and workout routine the weeks leading up to a competition. In order to change their physique and they track their progress by stepping on the scale daily.
When should you weigh yourself?
The best time to check your weight is right when you wake up, before you’ve have anything to eat or drink, and after you’ve used the restroom. This is when your weight will be the most accurate.
Etekcity Smart Scale
I have been using the Etekcity Smart Scale for over two years now. This scale measures thirteen different metrics. So I’m not only checking my weight when I step on the scale. I am also checking the following;
- Weight: This refers to a person’s mass or weight.
- Body Mass Index (BMI): Is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters. Basically this is a metric that will tell you if you are underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight, and or obese.
- Body Fat: This is the percentage of fat in your body. Which can be found underneath the skin and around your organs.
- Fat Free Body Weight: This is the total weight of your body minus the weight of any fat measured. So this includes your organs, muscles, bones, tissues, and water.
- Subcutaneous Fat: This is the fat measured underneath the skin.
- Visceral Fat: This is the fat measured around the organs.
- Body Water: This is the water that your body has in your tissues, blood, and bones.
- Skeletal Muscle: This is the total percentage of your skeletal muscle weight in your body weight
- Muscle Mass: This is the weight of the muscles in your body. Which includes smooth muscles, skeletal muscles, and the water contained in the muscles.
- Bone Mass: This measures the amount of minerals contained in your bones. Mostly calcium and phosphorus.
- Protein: This is the weight of protein in the body.
- Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): This is the number of calories burned by the body while resting. This is the number of calories you body would need if it rested for 24 hours. This calories are used for vital functions such as breathing, blood circulation, and brain function.
- Metabolic Age: This is how your Basel Metabolic Rate (BMR) compares to the average BMR for people your age. If your metabolic age is less than your actual age. Then thats a good sign.
What I like most about the Etekcity Smart Scale. Is that it has an app that you can download where all of your metrics can be saved and tracked on your phone. You can see trends over the course of a couple of weeks, months, and or years.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this blog post, how often should you weigh yourself? If you have any questions feel free to comment down below. For more fitness tips see these other posts, The Benefits of Jumping Rope, How To Do A Pistol Squat, and What’s In My Gym Bag?