Should You Weigh Yourself Every Day?

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Do you weigh yourself each morning?

It is frowned upon by some fitness coaches, but I think it’s a good idea.

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Have you ever watched the show “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon?

In the show, the main character, Midge Maisel measures her waist, hips, thighs, and calves each and every day.

marvelous mrs maisel measuring herself

I think that is a little much but…

I do like the idea of weighing yourself each morning when weight loss is a priority.

I personally don’t weigh myself each morning year-round.

I do like to do so beginning in January until about mid-June.

I use the free My Fitness Pal app on my phone.

What I’ve noticed is that when I track my weight, I tend to get leaner… when I don’t track my weight, I slowly put on a bit of fat.

It reminds me of this Seth Godin quote.

seth godin quotes

It makes sense.

It takes very little time to hop on the scale and enter your weight in your phone.

If You Weigh Yourself Daily, You Need the Proper Mindset.

Your weight is going to fluctuate day-to-day, so you shouldn’t freak if it goes up from the previous day.

There are several reasons for scale weight gain.

Any time you see a HUGE jump in weight up or down you can almost be certain it is NOT body fat.

Your body isn’t going to store 5 pounds of fat in 1-2 days.

You also can’t lose 5 pounds of fat in 1-2 days.

The best mindset is to not be too excited when you see a drop in weight, or too concerned if you see an increase in weight.

The big jumps are typically from water weight gain or water weight loss or food still in your digestive system, etc.

Here is a weight loss tracking strategy I’ve taught for 10+ years.

  • Weigh yourself at the same time each morning.
  • Write it down or enter it into My Fitness Pal.
  • Make a mental note of the lowest weight of that week.
  • Your goal is to have the lowest weight of the new week slightly lower than the lowest weight of the previous week.

Your weight will be up and down over the course of 7 days.

What I have found with clients is that they typically weight the most after the weekend and the lowest on Friday morning.

If this is the case?

Your Friday morning weight should be lower this week than the previous week.

It doesn’t have to be Friday.

A new low weight on any day of the week is a sign that your diet strategy is working well.

Also…

Sometimes you will hit weight-loss plateaus.

You won’t lose weight for 2-3 weeks at a time.

Weight loss stalls are common, especially when you get close to your target weight.

woman doing ab exercise on the floor

Don’t stress out too hard.

Tracking weight in the way I describe almost makes it feel like a game.

If you wound up weighing 167 last Friday morning… your goal would be to hit 166 this Thursday or Friday morning.

What I find is that this pushes you a little harder to make sure you eat in a deficit and stay on the treadmill 10 minutes longer, etc.

man walking treadmill

You are getting lean one pound at a time.

This weight tracking method also keeps you honest.

Anyone can claim to drop 5 pounds of fat in a week. The problem is that this 5 pound lost is mainly water weight.

If they compare the previous week’s LOWEST weight to this week’s LOWEST weight they will get a true idea of progress.

This is especially true once they have been using this tracking method for 4+ weeks.

In summary, I recommend weighing yourself daily beginning tomorrow morning right after waking up.

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Aim for your lowest weight this week to be lower than your lowest weight last week.

Works well.

Cheers,

-Rusty Moore

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Should You Weigh Yourself Every Day?