Fitness Tip of the Week: Don't Weigh Yourself Every Day
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I know there are several of you out there that might weigh-in multiple times a day, but weighing yourself every day is not a good idea. Here are four reasons why:
- Your weight fluctuates too much: Due to water retention, dehydration, bad weekends, etc. your weight fluctuates significantly from Friday to Monday and especially throughout the day.
- You overreact to small gains: You know exactly what I mean; you were doing great but you still gained half of a pound and it ruins your day or discourages you, even though you know it's probably only a result of water weight.
- You don’t appreciate small losses: Hooray! You lost a pound, but why don’t you feel like celebrating? You know you should be happy but instead of appreciating the progress you've made, you turn to negative thoughts, like wishing you had lost two pounds instead of just one.
- It's an emotional roller coaster ride: That two to three inch step onto your scale is huge. It leads to an emotional roller coaster that you shouldn’t have to ride every day. Don't allow the number you see on the scale to determine your your mood every single day.
Drop the scale and only weigh yourself once a week (on Friday), or even better, weigh yourself every other week. This will show you more linear weight results without all of the tiny daily ups and downs!
Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.