I commonly hear how women don't want to weigh themselves, avoid the scale, and will just gauge their success from their measurements or how their clothes fit. This modern notion of not stepping on the scale when trying to lose weight... totally escapes me. It doesn't make any sense. But then again, I only lost 90 lbs, so what do I know? :)
Weighing yourself every day is going to help you understand that scale. Trust me on this... you must put it into practice to realize the benefits of weighing yourself every day. It's a process that will actually detach you emotionally from the scale (which is what we need) and help you understand it so much better... putting it all into perspective with water retention, time of the month, etc. You need to see these fluctuations to understand it.
You need to weigh yourself every day in managing your weight. Trust me on this, it's an important part of the process.
Not weighing yourself every day in managing your weight is like trying to manage your child's fever without taking their temperature. You need to know if the Tylenol helped, if the fever gets higher at night, etc. It's necessary. Same with your weight. The number is simply data you need to collect. Collect the data every day, without judgment. WITHOUT judgment is key. If your child's fever gets higher, are you going to get angry at your child? Of course not, you'd simply have more compassion and simply take the necessary steps to reduce the fever.
Is your child's temperature going to be different if you take their temperature while they are smothered in blankets, or right after a bath? Yes. Would you understand why the difference? Yes. This is important. You understand the data and what it means, don't you?
Listen, we need you to understand that scale... really well.... the scale might go up after eating out a restaurant the night before. Does that mean you've created a caloric surplus? No, not necessarily. It could mean you consumed a lot of salt. So is that weight gain "real"? No. This you must see, look at, and understand.
Let me illustrate what happens when people do not weigh themselves every day. It might look like this....
Weigh in Monday 215.8
They do really well eating less all week.
Weigh in next Monday 216.0
WHAT THE HECK? They think...This is bull-crap and not working.
But let's look at what really happened and what they would see and know if they weighed themselves everyday:
Monday 215.8 - "weigh in"
Tuesday 215.0 - didn't see
Wednesday 215.2 - didn't see
Thursday 214.6 - didn't see
Friday 214.8 - didn't see
Saturday 214.4 - didn't see
Sunday 214.0 - didn't see
Monday 216.0 - "This is bull-crap and not working!" (And yes, if after eating out or constipated, retaining water, etc. scale can go up 2 lbs over night)
Tuesday 214.0 - didn't see (yes, scale can drop 2 lbs over night too)
See there.... oh, if they had just known that the very next day the scale would drop... she actually lost 1.8 lbs but didn't know it, and so she gave up. :( And of course she gives up... I mean, that's discouraging, all that work and no reward? Oh, this happens all the time and it's tragic.
That scale... it can be our best friend or our enemy. Make it your best friend. We need it to be your friend, a reliable best friend you can turn to every day.... you need to understand it. Really... because it's going to really, really help you....
Shelley Johnson is the Creator & Founder of The Losing Coach®.