Whether you made a New Year’s resolution to drop a few pounds or you’re simply trying to keep track of your health, weighing yourself can be a useful way to track your progress. Research shows that those who weigh themselves consistently are more likely to lose weight than those who rarely step on the scale.
Unfortunately, taking the wrong approach to weighing yourself can often give you an incorrect picture of your health or inconsistent results. So before you step on the scale again, take a look through these common mistakes to make sure you’re not weighing yourself wrong.
Showering Before You Weigh
Your skin is the biggest organ on your body. When you’re immersed in water, such a while swimming or showering, your body can absorb between 1 and 3 cups of water. This can increase your weight by as much as a few pounds.
Not Tracking Your Weekly Average
Worrying over a small fluctuation every day can be detrimental to your success. So too can only weighing yourself once a month, because that big of a time-gap doesn’t allow you to stay in touch with how your body is changing. Ideally, you’ll want to weigh yourself once a week and tracking your weekly average. This will allow you to get a consistent handle on your weight trends.
Your Scale is on the Wrong Surface
Generally speaking, bathroom scales are designed to work on tile floors. If you weigh yourself on something uneven, like carpet, this can give you an inaccurate or inconsistent reading.
You’re Not Weighing Yourself at the Same Time of Day
Throughout the day your weight fluctuates. This is thanks to a variety of factors including water, recent trips to the bathroom, and your last meal. You’ll want to weigh yourself at the same time every day. But unless you have an extremely consistent schedule, you’ll also want to make that weigh-in a morning ritual. For most folks this is the time that’s the most consistent their weight will be.